The Real Meaning of “Strong”

We hear so much during the election season about how our country is strong, or about making it strong, or about keeping it strong. For a definition of “strong,” I like these words, from President Jimmy Carter:

A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.

So, I say, let’s be gentle and firm. Let’s be thoughtful and restrained. Let’s extend a helping hand. In other words, let’s be what it really means to be strong.


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