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Ben Stein on Heroes and Stars

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gjk5, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. gjk5

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    Not sure if this is a repost but here it is:

    (Excerpts only, full article link below)

    "How can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane luxury really be a star in today's world, if by a "star" we mean someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model?

    Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails. They can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer.

    A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could have been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the world.

    A real star is the U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm a bomb next to a road north of Baghdad. He approached it, and the bomb went off and killed him.

    A real star, the kind who haunts my memory night and day, is the U.S. soldier in Baghdad who saw a little girl playing with a piece of unexploded ordnance on a street near where he was guarding a station. He pushed her aside and threw himself on it just as it exploded. He left a family desolate in California and a little girl alive in Baghdad.

    The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.

    We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die.

    I am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor values, and I do not want to perpetuate those values by pretending that who is eating at Morton's is a big subject.

    There are plenty of other stars in the American firmament. The policemen and women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they will return alive. The orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery. The teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for autistic children. The kind men and women who work in hospices and in cancer wards.

    Think of each and every fireman who was running up the stairs at the World Trade Center as the towers began to collapse.

    Now you have my idea of a real hero.

    Last column, I told you a few of the rules I had learned to keep my sanity. Well, here is a final one to help you keep your sanity and keep you in the running for stardom: We are puny, insignificant creatures.

    We are not responsible for the operation of the universe, and what happens to us is not terribly important. God is real, not a fiction, and when we turn over our lives to Him, he takes far better care of us than we could ever do for ourselves.

    In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him.""





    I know that's a long read but I thought it was good.
     
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    It is better than good! Thanks for posting :waytogo:

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    Very nice where is the full link?
     
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    AMEN.. brother Ben :waytogo: :usaflag: :waytogo:
     
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    Right on:saweet: I have always like Ben Stein, of course he's a Republican which helps:grin:
     
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    Very prolific and eloquent writer/speaker. He wrote speeches for President Ford?

    Anyway I thought that it was a good read.
     
  9. gjk5

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    I don't know about Ford (But I don't think so) but he was a writer for Nixon.
     
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    I like Ben Stein. :thumb:
     
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    Great post! Thanks for the inspiring words! I like Ben Stein. Did'nt he play the nasal toned teacher in "Ferris Buellers Day off"?:D
     
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    Yeah he did

    He had a show called "Win Ben Steins Money" The great thing was, the contestants played against HIM. He had to prove his intellegence every single show.
     

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