Will We Change the Times or Let the Times Change Us?
Searching for catchy phrases among arid platitudes in Barack Obama’s uninspired inaugural, his media admirers focused on one brief, pithy formulation.
“Times change … and so must we.”
That statement seemed to reflect the president’s addiction to change as a goal in itself, rather than shaping current circumstances to reflect timeless values. Rabbi Daniel Lapin offers a much better slogan: “The more things change, the more we need those things that never change.”
In fact, eight years ago George W. Bush echoed that view in his own under-appreciated second inaugural. President Bush declared: “Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before–ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
It’s a far worthier principle than the notion of changing with the times.