Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Bonhoeffer’s observation should stir us to act.
What are we, as South Carolinians, leaving to future generations? Merriam-Webster defines a legacy as “something (of value) transmitted by or received from an ancestor.” Decisions made today by elected officials will shape the futures of our children and grandchildren.
What plans are being made that will result in positive outcomes? How will those plans be developed? Families, businesses, schools and colleges plan for the future. Corporate communities undertake strategic planning, defining their mission, vision and fundamental values; strengths and weaknesses are identified.
The value of planning is best illustrated by that great American philosopher, Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up some place else.” Is South Carolina in some other place? Is our current condition the consequence of the execution of a plan or the failure to plan?
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How will state leaders address the challenges of economic development, education, affordable health care, compassionate welfare, sufficient safety and adequate transportation? As candidates seek our support in this election cycle, consider asking this question, “What is your vision for South Carolina?”
The future extends beyond a two- or four-year term of office. Our legacy should reflect our values. What do we value? What is the plan?
David W. Blackmon