Lest We Forget
Our ‘Greatness’ consists in our ability to project ‘Goodness’ and apply our power to build Kindness and Fairness
Goodness is the Foundation of Greatness
'There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed'. – Albert Schweitzer
What is the essence of a good life? Aristotle tells us that it is ‘to serve others and to do good.’
‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’- Mark Twain
‘The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion’-Thomas Paine
All said and done, to my mind, happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself—
the greater good, the common good. This is the motto of our GCGI.- Kamran Mofid
‘The US has to be good before it is great’
This is the path to ‘Greatness’ Without ‘Goodness’
‘As a American living in Australia, I see Biden’s win as reason to hope 2021 is the beginning of a new era.’- Nick Bhasin
‘When Joe Biden was declared the winner of the US election over the weekend, I joined millions of my fellow Americans in their relief. The nightmare of the past four years was over. Donald Trump was done. I couldn’t be there in person but I retweeted a couple of things and hugged my family.
But after an exhausting election week – “North Carolina’s blue, now it’s red, wait only 17 people in the state have voted, what is happening?!” – the question remains ...
How was it this close?
Turns out a quarter of a million dead from Covid just wasn’t that big a deal. Child separation? Not a problem. Democrats chose a compassionate, moderate, old white guy so no one would be scared off by identity politics and spooky “socialist” policies and 71 million people STILL said, “Nope. Give us the rich guy who’s in a lot of debt and pays no taxes and says that caravans of immigrants and thugs and animals will ruin our lives.”
2016 wasn’t a fluke. It was an entrée. More people voted for Trump this time, and he increased his support among minorities if you believe exit polls, which I don’t because the polls – and the punditry based on them – were useless. They promised a decisive victory for Biden but Trump’s strategy of combining D-grade celebrity charisma and appealing to people’s basest instincts worked...' Continue to read
Mary Trump on her uncle’s ‘Greatness without Goodness’
Illustration: Steve Bell/The Guardian
The president will be having ‘meltdowns upon meltdowns’, according to his niece, who sees poetic justice
in the lies and cheating now coming back to bite him.
‘This is how the most colossal and fragile ego on the planet deals with losing the US election: he does not deal with it at all.
My uncle’s speech late on election night wasn’t just entirely mendacious from beginning to end. It was also deeply dangerous. It’s one thing for random Republicans to call a legitimate election into question, but this was the head of the government. The consequences of that action should not be underestimated.
This is what Donald’s going to do: he’s not going to concede, although who cares. What’s worse is he’s not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. All he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to do that with a vengeance. I’ve always known how cruel he can be. Shortly after the 2016 election, when I’d see him being particularly cruel, I would think about how he treated my father [Fred Trump Jr, Donald’s older brother, who died of alcoholism at 43]. He took away our family health insurance after his father, my grandfather, died – this was when my nephew needed round-the-clock nursing care, which we then couldn’t afford. That is the kind of man he is...' Continue to read
And thank goodness, catastrophe was averted
Out of the Belly of Hell, Discontent and Chaos: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
and the Re-humanisation of the Soul of America
Photo: NBC News
Let us celebrate this momentous occasion and remain hopeful that Yes, We Can Build a Better World Together.