So much angst, anger, disappointment and despair in the world these days. The global economy teeters; terrorism in its many ugly forms killing in the name of God or any warped secular persuasion ; gangster warlords fostering famine in poor nations; and politicians in every nation more focused on preserving their cancerous careers and their goose-stepping agenda than serving the publics they have sworn to represent.
Well, every now and then us so-called mentors of future generations need to take a step back, keep our mouths shut and observe from those whose lives are just beginning. Want to talk about real profiles in courage, consider Rachel Beckwith.
Some time ago, this Seattle girl embarked on a mission to celebrate her June birthday: Forget the cards and presents and all that. She wanted people to contribute to her quest to provide clean and safe drinking water in those desperate niches of the world, places where people die because they don’t have it. And that death toll continues to rise.
Rachel did her homework. She urged contributors to donate to www.charitywater.org, which locates and drills for freshwater in needy places.