Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Live or Die?

"You can either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

Like millions of other people, I went to go see The Dark Knight this weekend. Aaron Eckhart's character, Harvey Dent, says the above quote to Bruce Wayne, his date, and Rachel Dawes over dinner one evening when discussing the Batman.

This quote got me thinking about some of our leaders today. People in the media have been attacking people like Jessie Jackson for slipping up and saying controversial statements in regards to this year's presidential election. Then they come out and say things like, this person hasn't really done anything. Wow. Really, Jesse Jackson hasn't done anything? He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He ran for president and got thousands of African Americans to register to vote for the first time. Would we be saying the same things we say about Jesse, about Dr. King if he had lived? Maybe. But, it was not his fate. He did die a hero, while Jesse has lived long enough to watch himself become somewhat of a villain in spite of all the good he has done. Sad.

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