In addition to everything else he may represent, it feels very strange to watch the President-Elect become the poster-boy for a lifestyle practice some of us have been developing for many years:
The mood of Mr. Obama, to many observers here in Hawaii, embodies the Aloha Spirit, a peaceful state of mind and a friendly attitude of acceptance of a variety of ideas and cultures. More than simply a laid-back vibe, many Hawaiians believe in a divine and spiritual power that provides a sustaining life energy.For now, the vibe in town is that most locals think "it's all good."
Mr. Obama is spending Christmas secluded in a compound of rental houses that he and his family are sharing with a group of friends from Chicago along the handsome beaches of Kailua, on the windward coast of Oahu. It seems a world away from the hustle of Honolulu, which is the face of Hawaii for many residents of the continental United States who have never traveled to this part of the world.
But then again, we think remixing Wallace Stevens with Malevich with Nietzsche is a good thing and have totally bought into The Supreme Fiction.
Current mood: Zany.
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