There has been a bunch of noise from all the “talking heads” over Dr. Benjamin S. Carson’s noteworthy speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Among the things I find most irritating in this world is so-called leaders telling me what I ought to think about what so-and-so said. It seems that the ‘intelligentsia’ of our times actually thinks we are to dumb to reason for ourselves.
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born 9-19-51) is a neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2008.
Here is my suggestion to you: watch/listen to Dr. Carson’s speech for yourself. Then decide, for yourself, what you think. All by your itty bitty self. Now I know that at nearly 28 minutes long, this speech may really tax your attention span. If you feel overwhelmed or perhaps unable to continue without consulting Dictionary.com, or Wikipedia, please feel free to pause the video and return when ready.
So, now that you have managed to plod through this massive and weighty speech. Do you have an opinion? One of your own? To that point allow me to ask you a couple of questions, and please feel free to take as long digesting these as you personally require.
- At about minute 2:40 – Do you agree that people often completely miss the point?
- At about minute 4:05 – If you can speak up, shouldn’t you?
- At about minute 5:10 – Are we being muzzled on important issues?
- From about minute 7:15 till 9:45 – Did his mother have it right or wrong?
- At about minute 10:45 – Do children today have more knowledge than in the past?
- At minute 12:30 – What is more important, winning or solving problems?
I could go on, after all that’s just taken us to the halfway point of the video. But then I might be at risk being accused of trying tell you what to think about this whole thing.
So, here’s the thing. Educate yourself, because you are being educated whether you direct it or not. Listen carefully to what is being said – not by the critics, they don’t matter. Listen to opinions, measure them against actions, and then make up your own mind about people in power and the direction things are going.
Now one final question.
Does Dr. Benjamin S. Carson make sense to you, or not?