Thursday, October 10, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Teen And Education Advocate, A Thrilling Antidote To Most Recent News

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage girl who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education, was on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show the other night.
The inspiring Malala Yousafzai. Too bad
people running things in Washington
can't be half this smart

Yousafzai, 16, and largely recovered from the gunshot, wrote an inspiring book and is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. We'll find out first thing Friday morning if she won.

I have to say the interview was thrilling. It was made that way because of the complete contrast between the incredibly smart, poised, generous, humble and gentle Yousafzai, and the willfully ignorant, bombastic, egotistical, destructive clowns in Congress.

Too bad we can't clone Yousafzai and make all those clones be the U.S. House of Representatives.

The best moment in the clip might be when Stewart asked her what she'd say to the Taliban guy who tried to kill her. Here's her response:

"If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib.... You must not treat others with cruelty... You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.  I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That's what I want to tell you, now do what you want."

You can see in the clip, below that Stewart was awestruck. So was the audience. So was I when I watched the video, below. This is just an excerpt, longer versions of the interview are on YouTube.

But I want to give you a taste of intelligence, in case you were feeling dumbed down by the news from Washington:

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