Excepts from President Biden’s inaugural speech, January 20, 2021

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal . . . We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes, as my mom would say, just for a moment.”

“In each of these moments, enough of us, enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward, and we can do that now. History, faith and reason show the way, the way of unity. We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect, we can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”

“It’s time for boldness, for there is so much to do,” he said. “And this is certain, I promise you, we will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era. We will rise to the occasion, is the question. Will we master this rare and difficult hour? Will we meet our obligations and pass along a new and better world to our children?”

from: cbs news on microsoft bing