Monday, July 19, 2010

A lesson from Afghanistan

I'm currently reading a book called "The kite runner" by Khaled Hosseini. It's the story surrounding a boy's flight to America with his father after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.

In it the boy talks about his father's revulsion at being given food stamps as a refugee. His father said, "In Afghanistan I work, in America, I work. Thank you,....but I dont like free money".

His greatest fear was that an Afghan would see him buying food with charity money.

I was deeply touched by the story of this man's dignity, his stature. An amazing story about courage.

Why take what is not yours when you are fully capable of earning, of giving value and service?

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