Kony And The Real Mission

One day when I recount the moments of my life, that little video (in my mind) of Sam and I sitting there talking as two men will cue up. It’s reopened my embittered mind to the possibilities of optimism.

The morning news brought more negative reaction, and journalists and bloggers seemed to take special “told-you-so” pride in the lukewarm reaction the Kony mission evoked.

Once again, this blasted fast-food, remote-toting, news-in-a-flash world we now live in missed the whole message.

Whether the kids that chose to follow the “Saint Elmo’s Fire” of The Invisible Children movement were “taken in” by a fraudulent event is not the point.

That children here in hometown America can be touched so deeply that they reach out and organize for a “brother” they never met—that’s the impact message, for crying out loud.

Robert Duvall played a man named Hub in a movie I highly recommend called “Second Hand Lions.” One of his quotes in that movie expresses this notion well.

He said to his young nephew, “Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love … true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.”

So today, I proudly have a son who understands that. I guess the collective world press would call him a fool. He has friends at school that have done so. They tell him to “get real” and then they play more “Angry Birds” on their I-Pod.

Who is the fool?

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com.

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One comment on “Kony And The Real Mission

  1. Mary Helen on said:

    Thumbs up! Youth that are fired up about the need to do good in the world get my respect as well.

    Kony will get what is due him.

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