Malala Yousafzai, is a young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban at age 14 for championing education for girls. She just won $67,000, along with the top EU prize for human rights. She was also in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
First, imagine someone, anyone, shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head. It’s difficult to imagine what state of consciousness the shooter would have to be in. Insane is one apt description.
Second, imagine the courage of a youngster to stand up to that kind of brutality. She paid dearly but now her suffering is blessing millions. Her book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban , now ranks second as a best seller on Amazon.
Finally, let’s think about ourselves. None of us are facing bullets from a madman. But we have our lesser challenges. What’s our response? Is it heroic, like Malala, or do we cringe into the shadows?
Standing strong in the face of barbarism is what can distinguish us from the compliant herd. And, as Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."