Two years ago and one day ago Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was wantonly
shot in the head by a gunman of the Pakistani
Taliban. Today, she has been honored by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. She’s
sharing the 2014 peace prize with Indian … Kailash Satyarthi.
Irony abounds here. Malala’s world-widely famous at seventeen. Kailash, at sixty,
is less renowned. Kailash is an Indian Hindu. Malala is a Muslim, Pakistani.
Geographically speaking, India and Pakistan, are neighboring countries;
that notwithstanding, they are less than neighborly … politically.
These two nations, one predominantly Muslim, the other predominantly
Hindu, mirror the abstract spiritual schisms, that so haunt, humanity.
Would that more people begin to mirror these two laureates, so recently
honored. No doubt, they’d agree: Abnegate nationality to exalt … humanity.
That being the case, perhaps the most hopeful harbingers of global solidarity
to arise from today’s prize announcements are the invitations, timely,
by prize winners Malala and Kailash, to the political leaders of their countries;
to join them on the podium when they receive their Nobels … from the Committee.