Instead of treating him like a "bad guy" she treated him like a human being in pain, a boy lost... Because that is what he was. If you haven't already watched the below video, please do. Antoinette Tuff did an extraordinary thing Tuesday afternoon. She empathized. She listened. She shared her story.
I went looking for a quote to end this post in a way that would do Antoinette's words and actions justice and found several so I'm just going to post them all because one cannot draw straws when it comes to Mother Teresa and Gandhi.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
- Mother Teresa
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
- Dalai Lama XIV
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
- Mahatma Gandhi