A couple of weeks ago I got my first e-mail from Australia. It was from David Grant, a Hillsboro High School classmate of mine (one year removed). He’s been living and teaching "down under" since 1973.
Since I was a kid I’ve been hearing about what small world it is. But David’s e-mail got me thinking, almost for the first time, about how personally connected we all are the world over.
I’ve got a friend who says she watches WDAZ News @5 regularly through the Internet in Northern Ireland. We can all probably name a dozen people who volunteer their time regulartly in poorer countries of the world.
The point is, we’re no longer just North Dakotans or Minnesotans, or even Americans. The world is too small for that. What we say and do matters everywhere like never before.
As schmalzy as it may sound, if I could have one wish at this time of year (other than health for my family and friends, enourmous wealth and George Clooney’s hair), it would be that that somehow we in the U.S. could begin to restore our badly damaged reputation around the world. I think it could happen.