“Yesterday as I was leaving the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face. Before I even understood what was happening, they veered off into the crowd, just another dark head in a dark suit. People around me stared, then looked away and continued their conversation.”
This personal account by Michael Arrington of TechCrunch breaks my heart.
It makes me realize that as a leader becoming superbly human is accepting that your strength comes with an extreme vulnerability as well.
Being a strong leader doesn’t mean you can protect your physical integrity against any assault. In most cases, it actually means the opposite. Look at Martin Luther King, look at Kennedy, look at Ghandi or Benazir Buttho or Yitzchak Rabbin, look at the hundreds and thousands of people whose names will never make it into the books of history but who face perils on a daily basis to make their dreams come true so others can live a better life than they’ve had.
Today, I pay tribute you.
Because I believe that what you do is important. And because I believe it is our duty to raise our children with the understanding of what it means to respect people’s differences, to live life with compassion and understanding of our own and other people’s needs. That no difference whatsoever can be a reason to assault another person, to harm another person or to threaten someone’s physical integrity.
Whenever a life is lost, whenever a life is limited, our lives are lost, our lives are limited.
I truly believe we are one.
Seth has a nice piece of advice on what to do with bullies:
“The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time.” You can read the rest of the post here.