I’m inclined to add a subtitle to this post: “…and why shouldn’t we all just go ahead and do it anyway?” In my ideal world, we Americans wouldn’t need a Dear Leader to tell us what we ought to do to better our own lives; we’d just figure it out on our own and proceed from there. This is not an ideal world. In this plane of existence, human beings tend to get stuck in ruts of sameness and depend on leaders to get them out. Can we try to get halfway to the ideal and imagine a president who reminds us of things we can do to help ourselves? In his Inaugural Address and in his first 100 days, set aside for the moment what government initatives you’d like Barack Obama to get started, and consider: what should the new president be asking us to do as individuals, all on our own?