It is an understatement to say that Pope John Paul II lived a full life. Indeed, it seemed as if he lived the life of many men. A talented actor and linguist during his college years, he could have become a famous actor or a renowned academic, but instead became a priest.
A Chinese proverb says that having an older person in the home is a treasure. As someone who has had my grandmother live with my family for my entire life, I could not agree more.
Since I was very young, I have learned to appreciate the elderly. While there are many who would agree with me, some sadly do not have such a high estimation of the older members of our society.
Strong and clear vision is necessary for leadership. Great leaders are those who state their vision clearly and then execute around it. For President Bush, the spread of democracy throughout the world has been the defining vision of his presidency.
A glance at recent world events proves that Bush's dream is working out extraordinarily well.
In recent speeches, Sen. Hilary Clinton (D-N.Y.) adopted a conciliatory attitude toward the pro-life position. "I believe we can all recognize that abortion, in many ways, represents a sad, even tragic, choice to many, many women," she said.
Clinton also said that she respected "those who believe with all their hearts and conscience that there are no circumstances under which any abortion should ever be available.
Jan. 22 marked the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Ever since, the moral status of abortion has been one of the most hotly contested political issues in the ation.
I do think, however, that there is some common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
I used to have a prejudice against popular culture. Experience had shown me far too often that popular things are sometimes not good things, whether it be in the realm of books, movies or television. Happily, I have since grown out of this rather narrow frame of mind and have come to realize that many new things are quite good, or, even if I find a great deal wrong with them, at least they contain something of merit, which can be very personally enriching.
What do you do when there is nothing to do? What do you do when there are no more problems to solve, books to read or papers to write? Aristotle says that we work so that we may have leisure. Many people, no matter how much they love their classes or their job, are "working for the weekend.