True, President Barry Obama didn't deserve such admirable recognition. He even states in his acceptance speech of this highly commendable and much-sought-after peace prize that there were other men and women who were "far more deserving of this honor than I." But even if the man was falsely praised for acts of peace that he hasn't even had the chance to promote, let alone successfully execute these acts with non-aggression tactics, he should at least be noted in the history books as one of the greatest orators of our time: I watched and read his speech for the first time today (I'm not very good at keeping up with current events, especially when I'm out of the country - ahem, Vietnam) and I was highly moved by his words:
"For if we lose faith - if we dismiss it as silly or naive, if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace - then we lose what is best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.
Like generations have before us, we must reject that future. As Dr. King said at this occasion so many years ago, "I refuse to accept despair as the final response for the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him."
So let us reach for the world that ought to be - that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. Somewhere today, in the here and now, a soldier sees he's outgunned but stands firm to keep the peace. Somewhere today, in this world, a young professor awaits the brutality of her government, but has the courage to march on. Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, who believes that a cruel world still has a place for his dreams."
::Cue the tears::