I have had the pleasure of reading and re-reading Ben Carson’s book “One Nation.” If you haven’t read his book, you should. It’s absolutely life changing. The knowledge Ben Carson has is so invigorating. Everyone could benefit from reading his book. His book is setup in 2 parts, the first part is “The Cause of Disunity and Decline” and the second part of the book is “Solutions.”
The book starts out with my favorite part, the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Ben Carson was asked to speak at this event. Some of the organizers were afraid that Carson’s speech might be offensive so they asked him to write his speech down and send it to them so they could read over it. Carson denied that request, but he was still able to speak. If you haven’t watched his speech on youtube you should. It’s so good. He recited a few bible verses and then the rest of his speech he talked how American can progress and become a better Country. His speech was pretty flawless. Minutes after his speech he received a call from some of the organizers saying that the White House was upset and wanted him to call the president and apologize.. Are you kidding me…
Now before I go on, I’ll tell you a little bit about Ben Carson. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He lived in poverty for some of his childhood and his parents got divorced when he was young. Carson went on to graduate from Yale University and Michigan Medical School. He then became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital. He is a very very intelligent man, and his life wasn’t easy.
In the first chapter of the book, Carson begins talking about changing the future and he talks about a subject that he has so much passion for.. Political Correctness. One of my biggest pet peeves is not being able to have an intelligent conversation with someone without them getting easily offended. Carson spends a whole chapter talking about political correctness and hypersensitivity. This is one of my favorite chapters because I love having debates and intelligent conversations with people but nowadays it’s extremely hard to have controversial conversations without someone getting offended but the thing is we need to have these conversations America!
“Political Correctness has thrown a veil of silence over our important discussions.” Couldn’t have said it better, Ben. But a quote I like even more than that one is, “it’s time to grow up and start thinking about what you can do to contribute to society’s well being instead of choosing to be a victim of speech…”
His next chapter that I thoroughly enjoyed was “Ignorance and Forgiveness.” A quote that really spoke to me from this chapter was “Ignorance, whether it takes the form of revisionism or laziness, can hurt our nation too. If we don’t know our true national history, we won’t be able to recognize the way in which America is drifting.” He then goes on to explain America’s history. He also goes on to explain how this country has completely forgotten our Christian heritage. “Some historical revisionists have also attempted to diminish the role of God and religion in our nation’s past.” The passion he has when he talks about his faith and religion and dedication to God is exactly what we need. We need to go back to a time when saying a prayer in public schools was okay, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance proudly.
I could go on and on and on but then this post would be about 10 pages long if I do that so I’m going to stop right there. I touched on some subjects that I’m very passionate about but his book continues to go through bigotry, government control, national debt and more. Then the book goes into the second part which is about how we, the American people, can help improve this country. Ben Carson was my favorite presidential candidate because of his intelligence and passion for God. That is exactly what this country needed.