Dr. Ben Carson: a few thoughts

I was privileged to hear Dr. Ben Carson speak last night at the Grand Rapids Right to Life dinner (over 2,000 people!!).

Here are a few of my take-aways from his talk:

  • Life is precious. All of it. Right now. Regardless of what a person can or cannot do.
  • We need to thoughtfully, humbly and generously engage people we don't agree with. If we disagree with them, ask what their position is. Ask if you can explain yours. Converse; don't argue.
  • Education is primary for getting and staying out of poverty. No excuses. If you can get to a library, you can get an education. 
  • Read. Commit yourself to spend 30 minutes every day learning about something you're not familiar with. If it physics, geography, history, quilting, landscape architecture - whatever. Pick something and learn.
  • The men and women who fought to found our nation should be our heroes and role models for today. They did not stand for the erosion of their rights, nor did they relinquish their God-given freedoms to an oppressive government. Nor should we.
  • Any political affiliations one has should be secondary to our love for America. This is a Judeo-Christian nation, and we must honor God and country above any political assignations.
All in all, a stirring evening. He is not a bombastic speaker, but a gentle story-teller with a serious message that we need to heed.

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