Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the soggy, foggy, grey and rather raw island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this rainy Saturday morning, the 11th day of October, 2014, and instead of getting into the whole Ebola/ISIL/2014 U.S. Midterm elections/ground zero “Ferguson” for police brutality/the ‘wild weather we’re having ’round these here, fill in the blank, parts’ due to global warming, I mean, gee, some ‘weird and wild stuff’ (credit the late, great Johnny Carson, host of “The Tonight Show”)/or the various topics you may catch on “UP, with Steve Kornacki“, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8, followed by “MHP” at ten, only on MSNBC (not a paid Ad!), yes sir, instead of all that fun, I thought I might just offer up the winners of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize, the final prize given out by the good Nobel people of Norway.
A country I am proud to say my grandfather is from, and a place visited by this reporter back in 1994 for the Winter Olympics (just a spectator) held in that beautiful little hamlet of Lillehammer, Norway. Ah, Norway and it’s eternal beauty, a home away from home. I stayed there for a month and was awe inspired by the people, traditions and Love that emanates from that great Scandinavian countryside, so great, it created the NOBEL PEACE–a prize given out to people interested in that concept, so much so, it changes the world forever…
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were those big winners yesterday, with many women around the world celebrating Malala especially. As she, only 17 and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner ever! Malala has been a staunch advocate for girls around the world, but especially in war torn Pakistan, her native home. Several years ago, she was brutally attacked by Taliban thugs, who actually shot her in the head, with the bullet magically missing her brain altogether, due to a magic bone? Instead of the Taliban dissuading Malala, it only made her resolve that much stronger, addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York recently, putting grown women in a position of using more Kleenex than normal at that sacred hall of sanity (sometimes). Malala has appeared on the venerable and hilarious “the Daily Show“, with Jon Stewart, who was, like most people, blown away by the presence and LIGHT of an old soul, whose youth deceives her would be enemies… She is doing a great job of waking up girls around the world to the importance of a good education, and how that education can open doors never known to exist before, sending those girls to heights they never dreamed of achieving, and beyond even those…
God speed Malala, God’s speed! Or, “may the force be with you”, whatever floats your boat, it’s your day by golly! Enjoy it!
Coupled with the other winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian man who has saved an estimated 1000 plus children from slavery in that growing country, both of these gifted souls are interested in saving the future–via saving, nourishing, protecting and educating our children…and like Malala, he has inspired and woken up people to the savage practices of the convenient “Sharia Law” (4th century and backwards) in India and other countries, where they take children and put a chain around their potential. This man took them back from the Devil and gave them their childhood BACK. If you believe in God, or if you don’t, I have to believe that whatever force of good that is truly running the show in the overall Universe will have a special place, call it Heaven, for both of these extraordinary people.
So when that song on the radio sings out the lyrics, “Where did all the good people go?”, “…I look for them on the ‘TV show…where did all the good people go?”… Look no further than this award. Your answer is a brave 17 year old girl who could kick most of the ‘men’ on Capitol Hill’s collective butts. Maybe we can all take a little something from this, buck up a little yes?
NO? Who said that?
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M