Sheikh Rashid, the founder of Dubai, was asked about the future of his country, and he answered: “My grandfather was on a camel, my father was on a camel, I’m in a Mercedes, my son is in a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to be in a Land Rover, but my great-grandson will be back on a camel.” Why is that, they asked? He continued: “Tough times create strong people; strong people create easy times. Easy times create weak people, weak people create tough times.” Many won’t understand this, but you have to raise warriors and committed people, not parasites. As we move further into 2022, we might well ask ourselves where we, as a country, are on this spectrum. Are we among the parasites or among the warriors and believers? Are we on camels or in Land Rovers, or somewhere in between? Time will tell.
By Joyce Iten, OSB