Monday, July 14, 2008

Up In Smoke

On November 3rd, 2007 on the side of a busy Chicago freeway, Malachi Ritscher doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire. He wanted to make a statement to the world about his frustration with the war in Iraq. Sadly, amidst the rush hour traffic, no one saw him.

The statement he hoped to make, along with the political changes he hoped to see, went up in smoke with that decision. Interviews with his family showed only deep remorse for his choice to end his life. How much more could he have impacted the world through living a long life of leadership, influence and impact?
A life lived with fight, determination, and commitment to making radical positive change is a life of value. Don't let your best intentions go up in smoke by misguided attempts at rage, revenge, or martyrdom. Being a victim to this life is never noble - standing up for what is right and good has always been. Choose your most powerful impact on this world - choose life!