Friday, October 9, 2009

Free-Thinking Friday: What ALFRED NOBEL Said...

The Republicans are throwing a hissy-fit (again), 
saying that our President is "not worthy" of the Nobel Prize Prize...
Last week, after Chicago lost the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, the Republicans said that "the WORLD" has rejected Barack Obama. The International Olympic Committee is not "the WORLD". The Nobel Peace Prize Committee is not "the WORLD" either, but they have recognized and validated President Obama's vision for a different way of engaging all of the countries in the world toward peaceful purposes 
instead of unnecessary war. That carries more weight in terms of what President Obama has always stood for than the 2016 Olympics would have. Besides, the U.S. has had the Summer and Winter Games several times in the last 30 years; this will be the FIRST time ever for South America! Go Rio!

Hey Repubs: if what the IOC thinks is so important to you, how about what 
the Nobel Peace Prize Committee says?

 It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not."Alfred Nobel 1895

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Excerpt from Alfred Nobel's will

Facts on the Nobel Peace Prize

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will, one part was dedicated to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

Alfred Nobel was a Swedish scientist who, in the 1800s, 1) invented the blasting cap; 2) found ways to stabilize nitroglycerin; and 3) invented dynamite.

His brother was killed in the lab working with nitroglycerin; one of his labs blew up, killing many of his workers. 

His labs went broke three different times when he was trying to find peaceful/medical uses for explosives. After he invented dynamite (to do things like blast openings in mountains for train tracks, etc.), he became very wealthy. But he was dismayed that his invention (dynamite) was being used for destructive purposes. He decided that his wealth would be used in perpetuity for peace.

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Committee has recognized the EFFORTS that President Barack Hussein Obama has already made in changing the paradigm of working for peace even with nations that may be against us, trying to eliminate nuclear arms, working on climate change, and in general changing the whole world's opinion of what a world leader should be.

1 comment:

  1. Many are stuck on comparing him to MLK and not to the guidelines for which he won the award!
    Congrats to him on his well deserved award!


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