At 7:46am today, the 300 millionth American was "born." And, depending upon whether you view life’s cup as being half-full or half-empty, the tiny tot will surely be growing up in interesting times.
On the upside of things, he/she will benefit from breathtaking advances in technology, healthcare, nutrition and other fields that will enrich communications while prolonging the quantity and quality of life. And, being born in the greatest country on earth, he/she will be able to go as far as his/her entrepreneurial drive, energy and creativity will permit.
On the flip side of things, there’s the "unpleasant truth" of global warming, mixed in with the death and destruction that is splashed across our TV sets and desktop monitors every day. And, while the optimist in me keeps thinking that things will get better, the realist in me says maybe not.
Looking at things from an image and reputation standpoint, today’s tiny tot will be growing up in a country that is simultaneously envied, mistrusted and even hated by much of the world, not to mention being a pre-eminent terrorist target. And, yet, despite all this, many, many Americans continue to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their services to help the poor and needy around the world. It’s a dichotomy to be sure.
So, here’s hoping for a long, happy and healthy life for the 300 millionth American. And, here’s also hoping that when the 400 millionth American is born, "Baby 300" will be writing a welcoming blog in a country that has re-established its place among the most admired, respected and safest nations in the world.