Saturday, August 20, 2016

Liberal vs Conservative vs ...

The difference between liberals and conservatives, we're told, is that liberals think we should be equal at the finish line, and conservatives think we should be equal at the starting line. I'd been wondering what it was about that idea that bothered me.

New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin stumbled and fell, accidentally tripping Abbey D’Agostino of the US.
Abbey got up first and helped Nikki back to her feet — but Abbey had injured her leg in the fall.
When it gave way and she fell back to the track seconds later, Nikki helped her up and stayed by her side to make sure she was OK.
Nikki only resumed the race
when she knew Abbey was able to walk on her own, and she waited at the finish line to greet her as she hobbled through the pain to complete the race.
Nikki Hamblin says, “I went down, and I was like, ‘What’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’
“Then suddenly there was this hand on my shoulder and she said: ‘Get up, get up, we have to finish this.’ I was like: ‘Yup, you’re right. This is the Olympics. We have to finish this.'”
She described Abbey D’Agostino as 'an amazing woman'.  The pair had never met before the collision.
Our greatest performance doesn't have to occur in the public arena or during the biggest sporting event of our lives. Sometimes we are at our best when we can put our own goals aside and help someone finish the course.

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