History is what happened to us in the past. Heritage is what, in the present, we understand about our history. Hope is what we give to the future based on what has happened in the past and what we understand about that experience. [Consider the following analogy] Between every car on a train there is a linchpin. The linchpin joins the front car to the one that is next behind. It is not the strength of the front car that pulls the back car. It is the strength of the linchpin, which joins the first to the last. Do you see? Our history has been strong and deserves a future. Our hope is great and needs a pull from the past. History, however, does not touch hope without heritage. History cannot touch hope unless we stand as the linchpin, joining the past to the future. -Cathy Hughes (bold and italics added) ---------------- I ask... Do we truly understand the gravity of this responsibility? Knowing that our ancestors had the foresight to consider nearly seven generations into the future, are our ancestors proud of our deeds or are they frowning at our inertia? Knowing that our great-great-great-great grandchildrens lives are at stake, can our descendants depend on us?