Yesterday a sense of solidarity swept across our country, as we turned our gazes skyward to glimpse the United States’ first total solar eclipse in 99 years.
It was brief. It was non-partisan. It was peaceful. And it was real. More than 300 million Americans, united by wonder and science and awe.
As we shifted those same gazes back to mundane affairs, we found that our problems remained. But I hope that something new was set ablaze inside of our hearts: a burning awareness that we are all connected in vast, indescribable ways that transcend politics and race and economics, and that there is far more to celebrate within each other than there is to decry or dismiss.