It is still a great country, as a close friend reminded me recently. I can vouch for that. But here's the thing: greatness comes with an admission of mistakes, a campaign to make reparation and the willingness to remember, if only for the purpose of avoiding previous mistakes. Moving forward, politics has to be about keeping America great. That's the spirit!
What has happened in Paris and in Beirut recently is a very shocking and terrible thing and how you talk to your children about it will vary a lot depending on the age of your children and their temperament and your own values. While everyone will be appalled by what has happened there may be different aspects of it that you would want to highlight to your children.
Regardless of whether you're an entrepreneur, employed or a student, as a young person with less experience than your peers, you'll be familiar with situations where you feel intimidated by authority figures and unworthy of your youthful opinion. Fear can stop us from speaking up and sharing our ideas to avoid making a mistake or sounding stupid.
The concept of "Good versus Good" is not just a way of approaching business. The Goods allow us to get to the root of our thinking and behavior quickly. They allow us to understand where people are coming from. This allows us to transform our differences into common ground, and make better business. That's when grey becomes a beautiful color. That's when it's all good.
Last week a Tory council candidate disparagingly referred to Ed Miliband as 'the Jew', a UKIP MP referred to gay people as A** bandits and the prospect of Boris Johnson running the country was actually being seriously discussed. This week is election week and it is fair to say my loss of faith in the political system is at its highest.
When my mum died after a long fight with Alzheimer's, grief threw me an opportunity to consider her legacy to me, and my three daughters. A friend said to me, "We all leave our shadow behind". So what is my mum's shadow? What will mine be to my darling daughters so they have what they need to thrive in the modern world?