Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Jimmy Carter on shared experiences

"Carter said it took him years to learn that his experiences, whether on the grand diplomatic stage or in the smaller family circle, were deeper and more lasting when shared with others."

From Reuters. The quote is from the second page.


At 10:54 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

I've always admired Carter, and his innate abilities to persisently reinvent -- in fact, much of my meanderings about the globe (globetrotting?) was inspired by a very-Carter-esque desire to play stronger parts in the upliftment of "downtrodden" societies -- those same societies who might have been encouraged to greater and greater achievements from exposure to the progress of our Western ideals and accomplishments.

Carter's presidency, lest we forget, was during a time in the world's modern-day saga most contentious -- so many things happened -- the world nearly flipped over on its head (Iran, the Cuban Boat People, global peacekeeping, and the hostage crisis -- not to mention OPEC!) -- it is said that he aged more in the 4 years of his presidency than he did during the years preceeding. And I believe it too -- since I saw the before and after photos.

Nice quote S -- finding some more of my own today -- will share as I troll and troll and troll through here...

Nice to be back!

-- AM

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

"inspired by a very-Carter-esque desire to play stronger parts in the upliftment of "downtrodden" societies"

Adam -- this is the first time I've heard (read) you mention this. Was wondering if you'd care to elaborate...

Are these contributions something that you'd see the films you write play a role in? Is this part of the greater reason you do what you do (in the 'grand scheme' so to speak? [smiles])?

I think it's quite admirable.

At 1:50 AM, Blogger Borscht said...

Interesting reaction, S...

Well, I'm no Gallahad, nor a Quixote, nor a Che Guevarra. But I try to make my own statement about the sorts of things that disturb me about society in very small ways -- one of them is in writing about societies that have gotten the traditional short end of the stick. I contribute in small noticeable ways that will eventually become large.

I suppose, now that we all know about my aspirations to do "ethnic" tales -- I am disturbed by the treatment that certain groups receive as part of their minority status on the planet. You can readily see it in the things I do. Socieities b/c they are too small that haven't been acknowledged for their contribution to the world -- and their contributions aren't recognized adequately. Read: the Maori, and indigenous peoples in general.

Carter is surely a beacon -- if only to inspire this sort of thinking.

How far to take it is certainly the issue.

-- AM


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