“To say that the future will be different from the present is, to scientists, hopelessly self-evident. I observe regretfully that in politics, however, it can be heresy. It can be denounced as radicalism, or branded as subversion. There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.”
— Robert Kennedy, 1964
I think those people are in power now.
In the early hours of this day in 1968, Robert Kennedy died from a gunshot wound received the evening before – he was 42 years old and, like his brother before him, he was assassinated.
The lines below were spoken in support of the Civil Rights movement, but hardly seem less important now.
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
View of the Hudson River looking north from the Walkway Over the Hudson, circa November 2015.