What a closed and myopic world it would be to think that none who are not of the nations have a voice or wisdom, or the capacity to do great. To be dismissive on the basis of language or ethnicity.
There is no obligation to adopt anything-but often there is a value in doing so. I’ve always felt that in this age of technology the nations should employ what serves them that isn’t
counterproductive, and leave what does not. But to own whatever it is that might in lieu of being owned by it.
So it is with the wisdom of others, and the recognition of great deeds and selfless actions.
Great people have lived elsewhere than among our own, they have spoken truths that are obvious, done great things that stand for all to see.
I know a person who is a true apologist for his party of choice, the Democrats, and their chosen one Obama. Regardless of the issue he has an explanation-it seems to upset him
mightily that I not only reject his take on things but likewise all politicians be they home grown, tribal, or foreign.
Recently the topic of Obama’s Nobel came up and I said it was not only ludicrous, but indicative of the committees values, and mentioned as a proof that Kissinger was likewise awarded a Nobel a mere eigthteen months after being instrumental in the creation of a policy that led to the bombing campaign in Viet Nam.
I asked what had Obama done to deserve one, and the response was that it wasn’t so much what he had done but what he could, or might do, and the award was an impetus of sorts.
Obscure reasoning for me, and I noted that the war in Afghanistan has been ramped up, Gitmo remains, as do troops in Iraq-and that to award something as an incentive rather, than a recognition of accomplishments, seemed like investing in futures in the stock market, or dropping a coin in a slot machine-a gamble at best.
The real travesty in this is that if such a thing as a peace prize is to be awarded there were other nominees far more deserving-the one who stood head and shoulders above the rest
was a Polish woman by the name of Irena Sendler.
She is credited, at great personal risk, with saving the lives of 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto over a period of time. I suspect few in this country who read this will have heard of her- and there is a sadness in that.
Her’s is a story to inspire, one any nation would be proud of, and any who would deny her or her efforts are either fools or bigots. There was a time when I sat at this table of dismissiveness, if a voice or a deed had no authorship among the nations it had no value, no relevance-what a fool I was.
There exists a collectivity, a connectedness in good, whether it emanates from the nations, Somalia, Ecuador, Korea, Poland, or any other location or people. I would rather see than be blind, hear, than to be deaf, and have an open heart, than a closed one.
I wonder if in the midst of sermons about matriarchy would respect be conferred upon this one, or are the honors and accolades reserved for those like Rios and Clark?