Special to CosmicTribune.com, August 29, 2023
Today’s headline: Press Freedom Prize, 2023 awarded to John T. McNabb II
The Free Press Foundation awarded its Press Freedom Prize to a former Duke University football All American who succeeded in a lifetime career involving business, finance and energy but not politics and not media. So why the recognition?
“Mr. McNabb is not a ‘media person’ and to my knowledge was never inclined to become one,” Free Press Foundation President Robert Morton said. However, upon learning more about the vision of the Free Press Foundation, he encouraged his friends and colleagues to support its work, met with its Advisory Board and began to write a column for publication, Morton said.
The unique moral characteristic of taking action and providing leadership even when inclined not to and with no tangible reciprocal benefit has been a pattern in the unique life story of John McNabb as revealed in his autobiography: ‘A Nice Ride: Stories of America.’ For example, after being voted Duke University’s football team’s Most Valuable Player in 1965 as well as being voted onto two All-America teams, he signed up for combat duty in Vietnam rather than enter the National Football League draft. The U.S. Air Force awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
In another example of “taking the road less traveled” years later in 2016, John McNabb was asked by Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources, to help him form the Trump Leadership Council. He emphatically said no, as revealed in a candid and fascinating 2017 discussion at the Duke University School of Business [see video below]. One day later, upon reflection, he agreed.
“Such is the spirit that helped make America exceptional and that is needed this year, 2023, more than at any time in this nation’s history,” according to the award letter.
Which is more noble? For the mind to satisfy what feels good to the body or rather to command actions in service to a higher purpose than one’s own personal inclinations?
This column assumes as hypotheticals the substantial existence of God on Earth and the temporary reign of Satan as the “god of this world”. References: Holy Bible, Divine Principle, What I Saw at the Second Coming.
Readers are invited to download, print and sign the Book of Life Certificate.