Friday, October 10, 2014

Nobel Finally Got It Right

After having awarded the Peace Prize to Barack Obama on the strength of his rhetoric, the Noble committee has finally gotten it right. And how fitting.

 For Malala Yousafzay, who you remember was shot in the head by the Taliban for being an advocate for girls rights to an education, nothing could be more fitting.

And Kailash Satyarthi, long an advocate for children's rights. Again, how fitting.  It is the children, after all, who will have to sort out the mess the so called adults have imposed upon the world. Hopefully they will gain the wisdom made possible by people like these to make it right.

Let us learn from this too.  That education is so very necessary.  Not what we're giving youth today where it's driven by ideology but rather education based on fact. Note too that the recipients are from countries hostile to one another.  That they've put their faith in the young is telling.

I hope their message is the one that finally resonates rather that the allure presently aimed at the disenfranchised youth to join in bloody jihad in order to promote a vagrant vision of their "religion".

It is for others that these two speak.  It is for others to take up the cause and move it forward.  The idea, while so much the same, is for such a diametrically opposed end.  Freedom, education, equality rather than submission, ignorance and subservience.

President Obama should return his Peace Prize for he neither earned it upon accepting it nor deserves it now.  Actually, he should have declined it in the first place.  He didn't and that act told us, had we thought about it, about his character.  When it should have been about selflessness it was all about self.  And remains so today.

Personally I prefer and applaud the selfless.

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