"Don't stop believing" the song lyrics tell us. Believing what? That depends on who you are, where you've been, with whom you associate, and where you think you should be going.
I believe everyone deserves a wonderful life. I believe institutions and their leaders should be transparent.
In my earlier years, I naively believed that anyone who had attained power could be trusted--at least in the "almost perfect" world view that I believed was close to utopia. I believed that there would always be a greater power to stop anyone who stepped outside the line very far. If not another person, certainly God would stop them.
I still believe that most people can be trusted to do the right thing in ordinary situations.
When it comes to power, I still believe that institutions and their leaders should be transparent.
Now, in my old age, I also believe that neither powerful people, nor the institutions they serve, can be trusted to be transparent.
I believe we need powerful people. We just need to have the courage to remind them that the world is doing all it can to make them transparent--especially reminding those who are fighting to see that it doesn't happen!
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