After the brilliance, you rest in the shade, a forest canopy of smoke between you and the night sky. But smoke dissipates, and dawn is lurking. Fireworks turn to fire, work: the translation of passion into potential, the ideal into the realized. Welcome to The Future (tm): although the jet packs and domed cities never materialized, the president of the United States is an African-American who has marshalled "the better angels of our nature" and mobilized a generation. Fear will return in due course: now is the time for hope, for renewal, for resolve.