20 01 2009
January 20th, 2009.
The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Today I’m writing a bit off-topic, but it’s far too important an event to ignore. I sent this email out this afternoon, and I just wanted to share it with as many people as possible. (Plus, since this is a geeky blog, see if you can spot all the geeky references!) Enjoy.

To Everyone,

I rarely send mass-emails, and have never, until today, sent one to all 600-some emails in my address book. But today warrants something unique. Today the people of the United States have inaugurated the first African-American as our President. Today we’ve finally taken an appallingly overdue and massive step- a GIANT LEAP forward towards realizing our true promise as a country and in shaping the entire world for a better future.

Today, I just wanted to tell each and every one of you that I am proud to be your fellow human being on this amazing planet. Today, perhaps more so than at any other moment in my life, I find myself full of hope for our civilization. I truly believe, now, that we just may achieve all that our greatest thinkers and hopers and dreamers have ever envisioned.

When I was nine or ten years old, I studied and learned the words of one of this world’s greatest dreamers. Even in the face of the profound difficulties of his day and even his tomorrow, he never let go of his dream. As a child, the part of his dream that most stuck with me was the dream for his four little children, that they would one day live in a world where they would be be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. This was his hope. This was his dream. A realization of the most self-evident truth of all: that all people are created equal. As a child, I barely understood how this could ever even be in question. As an adult, I know that within this most obvious of all truths lies the hope and intent behind all good in humankind. Today has been one of history’s greatest celebrations of that dream. Tomorrow lies the future, infinity, and beyond. Our final frontier.

May you all live long and prosper.

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


Yours truly,
-Kris Diehl

“Imagine” lyrics written by John Lennon.