As the delegates of the thirteen American states lined up to sign the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin watched. The president’s chair was at the front of the hall, and a sun was painted on the back of the chair. Franklin told some of the representatives near him that it was always difficult for painters to show the difference between the rising sun and the setting sun. He said that, during the Constitutional convention, he had often looked at the painted sun on the chair and wondered “whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”
It’s always a good question to ask, though.
The end of one period represents the beginning of another. Change is inevitable. But will it be for good or ill? Will it make needed course corrections, or merely rearrange the deck chairs? Will it conserve the good or the bad?