As I noted the other day, America has a Mt. Rushmore problem. So what if we dynamited the thing, found a new rock and started over? What would Rushmore mk2 look like were we to begin anew, informed by our current values as a society?
Here’s a proposal.
For starters, let’s get rid of the Great Presidents® requirement. Politicians generally tend to be a pretty disappointing lot so shackling your vision to them seems limiting, at best. Not saying we can’t have presidents and pols up there, but let’s acknowledge that who we are – or rather, who we ought strive to be – goes well beyond gold domes and marble halls.
So our candidates can be scientists, civil leaders, artists, writers, musicians, athletes, enlightened businesspeople, educators, journalists, scholars, you name it. Probably not reality show personalities, though.
In other words, which four figures from America’s history represent what’s best about us? Our hopes, our dreams, our genius, our empathy, our sacrifice, our wit, our gift for beauty, our courage, our vision, our dedication to truth, our pursuit of knowledge … our quest for a brighter future, a better world?
I have more ideas that I know what to do with. I’d like to hear yours.