Periodically throughout the day, I have been reading the ponderments of many on the left and on the right, in editorial and on the blogosphere, concerning the announcement that President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. I have read many thoughtful reflections from people who believe the president is a good choice and from those who do not. While there has been some name-calling and demagoguery on both sides, I have read many reasonable reflections from people who simply disagree. I have also been interested that for many it is not all that clear what the qualifications should be for those who win the prestigious award.
But I have been wondering what those persons think who simply do not care much about the Nobel Peace Prize nor who gets it. I count myself as one of those persons. I find this whole subject to be completely uninteresting. Don't misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that because I have no interest in it, that such an award is unimportant nor a waste of time. There are all kinds of important things in life that some people just don't care about. But I just cannot seem to work up a whole lot of interest in today's news. Indeed, this post is coming so late in the day because I have had a difficult time motivating myself to write it. I just don't care.
But I am writing this because I think it might be interesting to ponder some thoughts from the apathetic. I suppose for me (and this is personal, of course) I have never been much interested in awards. I have received some honors in my life for which I am grateful to those who thought of me. I have also served on a few committees that have granted awards. Those individuals whom we honored deserved what they received, although I found myself irritated at times with other committee members who attempted to complicate the process, and who frankly took themselves and their own views too seriously, and felt that the giving of the award was more about the statement they were making to everyone as opposed to the person who was honored.
Thus, as one who apathetically ponders the moment, I wonder why I cannot work up more enthusiasm for a prize that is awarded every year by five people in Norway. Perhaps at some point in my life before they bury me, I will come to figure out the significance of all this and actually join future discussions on future recipients; but for now, I will only say one thing because it is the appropriate response, even if I find this whole thing to be somehow beside the point...
Congratulations, Mr. President.
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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian