A little over 50 years ago Buffalo Springfield recorded "For What It's Worth" - a song inspired by a Sunset Strip night of protest against a youth curfew. The song has become an anthem for the expression of uncertainty as well as decades of protest movements. Rolling Stone wrote that the "eerily quiet song captured the uneasy mood of the moment that extended beyond Los Angeles to Vietnam..."
The song resonates with today's general unease. There are as many battle lines being drawn today as there were five decades ago. In the words of the song - "There's something happening here but what it is ain't exactly clear."
For younger generations, today's unease is something never experienced. For many baby boomers, it mirrors, however inexactly, the turmoil of the 60s. For those who didn't live through the 60s, the iconic film, Forrest Gump, captures the flavor of the era - the Kennedy assassinations, Vietnam, and student protests. The country and its people were divided and unsettled.
So how does this apply today? World events are the stuff of everyday news - a world in turmoil. The choice of one's newspaper or broadcast news are now part and parcel of division. For the most part we avoid the issue of politics in our practice, but our constant interaction with clients and potential clients - whether by telephone or face-to-face meetings - brings home a general impression that the pace of technology, culture and political change is seismic in scale.
We are all travelling along the same road - however unsettled that it is. We can choose day by day to encourage, protect, and provide kindness to those around us. Respect for the dignity of a person is a value that transcends political differences.
At Hackard Law, we work to serve others - our clients and also the communities that we live and work in. Whatever our time's political and cultural climate it is still our job to focus on our core functions - the protection of heirs and beneficiaries in estate and trust litigation, protection of the vulnerable and elderly, and the civil prosecution of elder financial abuse. It's just that simple - for what it's worth.