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(Via someone else, I'm sure this is making the rounds on ye olde interwebs:)

Photos of reactions from around the world upon hearing that Obama had been elected:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/reactions-around-the-worl_n_141187.html


I wanted to write something insightful and thoughtful about how these images represent what I feel is a long overdue shift towards global unification and cooperation - a global citizenry, if you will - but seeing as I just don't really have the time right now I'll leave it at that. I was really impressed with the tangible feeling I got during Obama's speech last night that FINALLY we will have a president who understands that we're all basically in this together, and that national lines are largely artificial constructs because, despite all our cultural differences, we're all still Homo sapiens. Whatever happens in our country will affect the lives of people all across the globe, which is a fact it would be imprudent and unethical to ignore or simply discount. Down with isolationism/unilateralism, up with diplomacy and international collaboration!

Have I ever mentioned I'm a big fan of the (ideas behind the) United Nations?

...Just so long as we heed the cautionary tale of the galactic empire!
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