I never realized until Donald Trump’s presidency how much one person can set the tone of a nation. I had mistakenly thought that Americans were far too independent to allow one person to have so much psychological control over their well-being.
I was wrong. The power of a nefarious president, when combined with the commercialism of mainstream and social media platforms, can produce a mesmerizing force that negatively affects everyone.
But with the inauguration of President Biden today it feels as though a new era has dawned. The optimism started to return last evening with a ceremony to pay tribute to the 400,000 Americans who have died of Covid-19. The fact that Biden orchestrated such a symbolic gesture went a long way towards reestablishing dignity to the presidency. And it signified one human emotion which has been notably absent from the rhetoric and policies of the previous administration: compassion.
No one can serve others without compassion. The presidency is the highest public service position in America. It’s arguably the most powerful position in the world. After 36 years in the Senate and 8 years as the former Vice President, Joe Biden has earned the presidency. Yet, it’s the depth of his compassion that makes him most qualified to serve.
Compassion is a lethal antidote to narcissism
As sure as the former president set the tone of self-service, divisiveness, and corruption; Biden is poised to steer the collective consciousness of Americans towards far nobler ideals. The next four years will mark a renewed sense of optimism and American pride, but more so, a mending of the relationships that have been split by partisan divide.