Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Moment Talk

"It's the moment," an annoying phrase said by lots of people, especially during the past couple of years.

"It's the moment" along with "new normal" mess up my time/space continumm. And I'm not talking about the Obama moment, a moment, hopefully longer, to be sure. Rather, this phrase gets bandied about as a call to action by invoking a tantalizing mixture of historical punditry and reading the tea leaves.

A few years back this phrase led the charge for a renewed assault on poverty. Oops! A recession. Now it gets thrown about because of the unprecedented policy and funding opportunities in Washington. These opportunities are certainly real and of longer consequence than a moment -- health care and climate change, to name two.

In the words of famous organizer, Myles Horton, I wish people would talk more about the long haul. Moments add up; we're in long-term economic doldrums; and making change takes a lot of time. Sure, we want to get our foot in the door,and that's what moment talk is about. I'm more worried about whether we can deliver on long-term change.

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