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Victor Frankl could have been forgiven if he had displayed a bad attitude. As a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he was witness to some of the most indescribable horrors in human history.
Human logic often turns reason on its head. This tendency is especially seen in politics. Last Thursday, U.S. Vice-president Joe Biden said, “[W]e have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt? The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”
So many celebrities have died recently, it reminds one of the death, in 1715, of King Louis XIV of France, after a reign of 72 years.
With the death of Michael Jackson, the media buzzes with details of his popular career and his bizarre life: star of the family group, the Jackson Five, the changes in his music, his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, his financial woes, his three children, all of whom bear both his names, his cosmetic surgeries, the charges of child molestation. Death calls us to remember a life, no matter how wonderful or sordid.
All at the news conference had been screened for weapons. When two heads of state are present, you can be sure security will be tight. But no one thought to order shoes to be left at the door. If reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi had not been wearing his shoes, he would not today be facing a 15-year prison sentence.
Glenda Williams tells that in their jail ministry in Geneva, Alabama, when one prisoner was baptized, he felt so thankful for the forgiveness of his sins that he stood in the baptistry and wept for a long time.