It’s extraordinary in so many ways to have a real leader at the helm of our country. His first TV interview as President - with Al Aribiya, a Saudi station – was magnificent in a number of ways.
At the foundation was the power of a question:
“…the bottom line in all these talks and all these conversations is, is a child in the Palestinian Territories going to be better off? Do they have a future for themselves? And is the child in Israel going to feel confident about his or her safety and security?
Who can be indifferent to those questions? The comments following the interview reveal McCain supporters joining middle eastern citizens in gratitude and optimism.
“And if we can keep our focus on making their lives better and look forward, and not simply think about all the conflicts and tragedies of the past, then I think that we have an opportunity to make real progress.”
I’m leading myself with questions, eg “What can I do to minimize the suffering in my community from the economic situation?” The question moves me away from concern about my own bank account and focuses my attention on commonweal: the real wealth. Like most living creatures, humans thrive – or not - in communities.
How are you stepping up to our many quandaries? Any powerful questions you feel like sharing?