Thursday, January 13, 2011

Words We Can All Live By

"Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or fame, but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others."

The words of President Barack Obama last night in Tucson, Arizona, in a very good speech he gave at the memorial service for the six victims of the shootings from last Saturday. (With thanks to my friend Leah who posted them up on Facebook this morning.)

I don't wish to sound like a spoil sport or anything, but to me that memorial service sounded too much like a pep rally at times, with people practically screaming when the President and his wife entered.

But if it helps those people heal their grief in a small way, I guess it was a good thing.

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