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Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 01/25/2011

We want to be recognized for our goodness

By Karin Hodgin Jones

As cynical as I felt about the prospect of reminding us of the Cold War at the beginning of this speech, I am practically in tears watching the cameras showing Brandon Fisher turning beet red and getting a bit choked up for being internationally recognized in this speech. His innovation and his ability to connect the dots that he might be just the person to help save the Chilean miners are worthy of this praise. It is a recognition that he lives as a person who develops new technologies for so much more than simpe profit. He was praised for being a good citizen of the world. We want to be told that we are good. We want to be recognized for our goodness.

This is a nice message for the end of the speech after the past few weeks discussing tamping down violent rhetoric. This reminds me that we do so much more by lifting others than we will ever do trying to tear one another down. That was my only emotional moment in the speech. I hope the methodology of his speech serves to further inspire. Actions and changes to our own behavior show more than words alone can ever do.

By Karin Hodgin Jones  | January 25, 2011; 10:27 PM ET
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