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Thursday, December 27, 2007

One Brave Human

Or is she merely stupid?

Well, I think it's the former, when I recall [the former Pakistani Prime Minister] Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan back in October after her her self-imposed eight year exile.

When I read of her return, I thought: why would anyone want to come back to this? Why would you care? You are happy and somewhat safe in another country? Live your life, enjoy your family.

And then when she narrowly escaped death THE VERY DAY SHE CAME BACK, she didn't leave. She continued her campaign of democracy. And there were just as many brave Pakistanis showing up to support her.


Pakistan is not a country that comes first in my mind as a place to bring democracy. Why bother? But she did and I have to admire that. I don't know what was in her heart and soul, but it was strong enough to risk death to her, to her family (where she had already experienced the loss of her dad and at least one brother), and to the people who supported her.

It is unreal *and* surreal to think that there are still people in this world who have such passion for something...and not just something, but something like this -- risking your life for freedom? political democracy? Really???

It is an amazing statement of intense human emotion for a cause. I hope that is something I can have -- and maybe it's not for something as deep as what Bhutto has done, but seriously, how can you live life to the fullest without pursuing something you believe in...especially as she did.

I read a quote awhile back. I love quotes. I love funny ones and most of all, I love inspirational ones. The one I read influenced my philosophy of 'live life and be happy'. It is from Ralph Waldo Emerson and he states the following:

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

This, by far, applies to this great lady, Benazir Bhutto. I hope her legacy will provide strength to the people who believed in her, and especially to those who doubted her.

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