Today is the 4th of July and I wish all American readers a wonderful and enjoyable Independence Day !!!
But this is not the reason, why today, I do not continue with the story "Intrigue" as I had initially planned.
Today, one of the few living persons I greatly admired died.
He was a well read, knowledgeable, understanding, gentle and intelligent man as I have never met another.
He as great politician visited a small village of about 3.000 citizens and when asked why he did feel that was worth his while he answered:
"There is no part in a Europe of equal regions not worth my attention to my best ability. I am no greater than anybody else."
All those years back, my parents did not accompany me to his event in our little village, as they could not believe he would really appear. But he did and what great impact he had on my believe in learning, self-control, the duty of serving others and being humble.
Perhaps it is a sign that he died on Independence Day, as he had a great independence in his way of thinking.
Otto von Habsburg, the world is a lesser place without you.
Sorry to hear about the loss of a great man, CDoart. *HUGS*ReplyDelete
Thank you very much, Bccmee.ReplyDelete
It hits me so hard, because this great man had a really admirable dream for a wonderful Europe. With his past experiences he had the expertise to set up a really functioning concept and not only an unrealistic dream.
But the reality in Europe is soooo far from his (and my) dream and what would really be sensible to do for the future.
It is sad to watch and know it could be different.
I think with him the last politician I admired is gone. He once was asked, why he joined the party he was working for in Europe. He answered: The other parties did not ask him to represent them in Europe. He would have worked for every party where he could work to get closer to reach his dream of an equal and unified Europe, based on understanding and not forced egalitarianism.
And he really was greater than any party.
He lived after the premise: First you must be able to rule yourself before you can rule others - and he really was master of himself and much too polite and understanding to try and dominate others.
It sounds like he was a very good man, politician (and those are very few) and more importantly IMO, a man that inspired others such as yourself.ReplyDelete
May his soul rest in peace.
Thank you very much, onemorelurker1!ReplyDelete
Normally I do not have an all too well opinion of politicians, but he was the one exception from the general rule. An idealist and not, as they normally are, an opportunist.