Stand Up For Your Beliefs

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

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3 comments on “Stand Up For Your Beliefs

  1. Well, I feel stupid. My son told me about this, but we both forgot about it.

  2. Gloria De La Cruz-Sandoval on said:

    Wow, to be able to stand for something so young and early in life in a time when most people are simply going through the motions is remarkable. I remember my mother advising me as a youth to find something in life worth standing for then to muster up the courage to stand for it in love and service of others. You and your son are to be commended in doing so. I’m honored in learning so today.

  3. Great story, great point! This lesson should be for everyone not just a 16 year old trying to do a good deed. He did a good deed, followed his beleifs, was supported by those that matter and should be very proud of what he stands for…and i know you are proud of your son.

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