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Media often overlooks world’s real leaders 

Mother Teresa once wrote: “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.”

As Mother Teresa knew as well as anyone, there are individuals in the world who are combating the biggest diseases by caring for those who have been deserted by the policies of disconnected and weak minded leaders. There are individuals who are instilling hope in the masses with their fearless truth. In comparison, Donald Trump’s stale menu of disrespect, favoritism, passivity, willful ignorance, exclusion, and corruption, has made all of us-whether we want to realize it or not-sick to the marrow of our bones.

Allow me to put it this way. To share this earth with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Thich Nhat Hanh, Julia Butterfly Hill, Bono, Jimmy Carter, and so many others, is a wonderful feeling. To know that somewhere, with grace and sublimity, Pope Francis is doing his thing is reassuring. Somewhere, alone or in community, Bob Dylan is constructing sound in ways we have never heard before. Somewhere, in the most dangerous places imaginable, courageous individuals are standing up to real monsters. In Afghanistan, Malala Yousafzai is fighting the Taliban. In India, Vadanna Shiva is fighting Big Agriculture. In Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi is fighting secret police and the threat of torture. These moral supernovas are alive at this passionate and tender moment in history.

Perhaps the great tragedy of our current moment is how much emotional and intellectual bandwidth is exhausted on an un-reflective, untrustworthy, and inconsiderate person such as President Trump, especially when there is the work of so many inspiring humanitarians to follow. One of the most empowered forms of resistance right now is to turn off Trump and go find a real leader. There are revolutions of mindfulness happening in every country on the planet and too many are missing out. From Rangoon to Los Angeles, there is a revolution of love happening. From Calcutta to Tibet- and from the preserves of Gambia to to the cities of Vietnam- there is a revolution of peace happening. So go follow the Dalai Lama: be a warrior for peace and understanding. Follow Desmond Tutu: be a force of truth and reconciliation. Follow Malala: face your enemies with determination and integrity. Follow Jane Goodall: be a champion for diversity and sustainability.

Throughout the world there are so many remarkable individuals who should merit attention and emulation. Why does the media obsess over the actions and words of a mediocre thinker and inconsistent leader such as Donald Trump?


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One Response to Media often overlooks world’s real leaders

  1. A. S. Mathew

    The modern tragedy of the world is the total disrespect of noble souls of the world but over worshiping of materialism.

    The first billionaire of the modern history was David Rockefeller. He had his religious influence, thus began to tithe his income for hundreds of charities like schools-colleges-medical school etc in the U.S. and around the world. Even some of the well known colleges in India like the American College in Madhura, Tamil Nadu which was started by the missionaries got financial help from the foundation.

    Whereas in the next batch of billionaires, Nizam of Hyderabad was enlisted. His paper weight Kohinoor diamond was quite well known. But, how many people are inspired with his name? Hardly nobody knows that now.

    But the names of great men and women who have enlightened the world with the beacon of truth-morality-compassion-forgiveness-noble purpose and values are remembered from generation to generation.

    The politicians are concerned with displaying the lists of the billionaires-GDP etc. It is the duty of the parents to divert the routing of their children to be moral soldiers to be blessed in life and to bless others.

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