Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time Person of the Year

No.  I was not selected as Time's Person of the Year.  The good news is that I received as many votes for that as I did "Sexiest Man of the Year".  So I have that going for me.

Time's Person of the Year is Greta Thunberg.  For those of you who do not know much about Greta, she is a 16-year-old girl with Asperger's.  At 11-years-old, a video in school nearly broke her heart.  She came to realize that the planet was in peril, and that our ecosystems are suffering a horrible fate right under our noses.  

Greta, like so many others on the spectrum, processes information differently that the majority of people.  She sees things as much more black and white, without the distraction of bells and whistles.  She is unyielding in her conviction that climate change is real and it is rapidly destroying the very world we live in.  Everything else going on around her is just noise.  She doesn't care about fame, small talk, or insults.  

Unfortunately, something that is lost in the high argument of climate change, is the fact that this is a young girl with Asperger's.  Her disability tells her to shy away from people and to avoid interactions.  Yet she is driven to galvanize people.  She overcomes her own anxieties and fears to speak to a subject so much larger than her.  This alone makes her an amazing young lady.

She proves that there is an incredible message inside of everyone, regardless of what they are going through.  And that its very possible for that message to change the world.

Be well and God bless.     Tom 

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