thoughts on 2013

Through my time on this earth, and through my profession, I have learned a lot about poverty and politics.


I’ve seen people in desperate situations. 

And I’ve learned that the thing about being desperate is that is causes people to turn to God. 

I’ve learned that

when you’re rich you must fight pride,

and when you’re poor you must fight bitterness. 

I’ve learned that when we feel threatened, we mistreat people. 

That comparison is the thief of joy. 

and that the hardest thing about having nothing, is having nothing to give. 



“In Plato’s allegory of the metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver and lead. Nelson Mandela was pure gold; there was gold in his intellectual brilliance, gold in his unfailing loyalty and in his tolerance and generosity, gold in his self-sacrifice.”


“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”