In his writings he explained and shared has vast knowledge of history and politics in such an accessible, lucid and animated way that even I, an impassioned evader of all things political could understand. It was a miracle to me that he got my attention on such matters at all, let alone taught me anything. In this particular column that I have linked to below there is an intensity that is so subtle it can only be truly grasped in it's poignancy by his passing just days after it was posted. Saul passed away December 24th.
I hope you will join me in taking a moment to read Saul's reflections. It has been a better world for his presence in it and I am a better citizen of the world for his sharing. Thank you, Saul Friedman.
"...Life, illness, happiness, good fortune and bad, even good and bad presidents (I have covered) are all part of what the 11th Century Persian poet Omar Khayyam had in mind when he wrote, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” And,
That inverted bowl they call the sky,
Where under crawling, cooped we live and die.
Lift not your hands to it for help,
For it impotently moves as you or I." ...
...an excerpt from his December 18th column "Grey Matters", entitled Small Miracles. I encourage you to take a moment in this season of miracles to reflect on Saul Friedman, what he wrote there and what it means to live a full life of heart and soul. I know I will be taking strength from his example.