The Content of Our Character


Abbas_in_brixenI want to state publically that this is one of the happiest days of my life.

Yes, I know all the reasons not to be too happy, thank you.

I am happy.

It is something to have one’s faith restored, to feel connected to something bigger than oneself, to feel inspired, to feel ready to give rather than take.

As a non-white person who grew up in Pakistan, I took it for granted that white men ran the world. My father served in the British Government of India. Now, there is a person even darker than me who will be the leader of the free world. It is a wonderful and remarkable thing, and a testament to the true beauty of America. I am finally undeniably proud to be a citizen of this crazy melting pot, this so pleasing instantiation of brotherhood and tolerance, this America!

Last year, I became a US citizen at a time when I almost felt ashamed pulling out my blue passport when traveling; henceforth, I shall display it with pride.

I have not slept all night and must get some rest. To my fellow Americans, and also to everyone else, my heartfelt congratulations. Believe it or not, the world has changed today. For the better.