Shining City Upon a Hill {89/365}

With everything that is going on in the news and around the world, it is very easy to be down or confused.  It's easier to tune out and turn off.  In times like these, I hearken back to history as a way to have hope for the future.  One of my favorite quotes reminds me that America, as a concept is still out there, like a beacon in the darkness. "They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where — because of our past excesses — it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true. I don't believe that. And, I don't believe you do either. . . . I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself. Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don't agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world. . . . . A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill."  -  Reagan, 1979

Canon 85mm 1.2L - f5.6 @500th 50 iso; speedlite fitted with two 10 degree grids