During the past election, a voter was discussing with me the reasoning behind his vote, and what he thought would happen if his candidate was elected president. He said, “It could be good. But it could be bad. But, one thing for sure, it won’t be the same.”
Well, his candidate was elected, and from what everyone is saying, that voter was correct. Many are saying that it’s going to be great. Many are saying that it’s going to be terrible. But, nearly everyone is saying it won’t be the same.
But the changes, whether good or bad, may not be that drastic. Washington is still Washington. Those who have been entrenched inside the Beltway for years will continue to do what they can to maintain their power and position. And it looks like Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street financial guys, will have a prominent place in the new Trump White House, just like they had in the previous Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. The System is still the System.
But things still won’t be the same. Even if the other candidate had been elected president, things would not have remained the same. Why? Simply because things change. They always do.
It could be a weather event, like a hurricane or earthquake. It could be a lone terrorist taking lives here in the U.S., or abroad. It could be some financial trader or a computer, that decides the stock market bubble has gone about as far as it can go, hits the “sell” button, and the financial house of cards starts to come apart.
Or it may be an action in some country that we can’t even pronounce, or even knew was on a map. World War I started primarily due to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. I’m sure few people at that time even knew where Austria and Serbia were. But World War I would cost 15 million lives, led to the rise of Hitler, and the millions of lives lost during World War II.
But the change may be good. There may be a cure for cancer found in a laboratory this year. Common sense economic policy may lead to a prosperous economy. We just don’t know if the changes of the coming year will be good or bad, big or small. But there will be changes.
We know that from our personal lives. Look back at your 2016. More than likely, there were changes. They, too, may have been good or bad, big or small. By the way, those changes that took place, that you thought at the time were small, often turn out to be the most significant, for good or bad.
There may have been the difficult loss of a loved one during the past year. But there also may have been the joyous birth of a little one. There may have been health issues that were faced during the past year, for you, or someone close to you. The battle may have been won, or the battle may be continuing. There may have been a marriage or a divorce. A new job, or a retirement. Kids moving out, or kids moving back in. In other words, the changes that we all faced in 2016 were simply, life.
So, what about your 2017? What is your life going to be like? Here’s a prediction: It’s going to be like what that voter told me outside the polls last fall. It could be good. It could be bad. But, one thing for sure, it won’t be the same. To some, that may sound a little scary. But remember, there’s one thing that will remain the same in the uncertain future of 2017. “Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Mac McPhail, raised in Sampson County, lives in Clinton and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.