The Spitfire's Grill
Regular Rants from a Pragmatic Liberal
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
 
Nicholas Kristof
Sometimes I think that Nicholas Kristof must lead a sad, depraved life. Positivity just doesn't seem to be his thing. There are a lot of bad things that are going on in the world, but if I were to dwell on them as often as Kristof, I'd likely shoot myself. But alas, he always has a good point:

President Bush and other world leaders are honoring John Paul II in a way that completely misunderstands his message. We pay him no tribute if we lower our flags to half-staff and send a grand presidential delegation to his funeral, when at the same time we avert our eyes as villagers are slaughtered and mutilated in the genocide unfolding in Darfur.
I think its fairly safe to say that the Pope led by example. It takes a lot of courage to lead by example. Sometimes we feel like fighting injustices with equal injustice, returning violence for violence. That was not the Pope's way. It takes integrity, consistency, and a lot of time to lead by example, and to do so is a tribute to a person's unselfishness.

You and I are not world leaders. But we can follow the Pope's example: help out in programs in our local communities, be a mentor, and lead by example, not words.


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