As someone who has lost a close family member to breast cancer, my heart goes out to Elizabeth Edwards as she faces the incredible challenge that lies ahead.
What has me shaking my head in disbelief is that John Edwards is continuing his campaign for the presidency. Yes, I know that Elizabeth said that she wants him to continue to run because she believes that he is what our country needs. And, I understand the argument that this is their way of facing the disease and showing people that you don’t have to give up.
But what this really demonstrates is that our society is losing its bearings on what really matters. While many people applaud the courage of Elizabeth Edwards, and many are rewarding Edwards’ campaign with a spike in fundraising, they are only making matters worse.
Today people are more self-absorbed than at any point in our nation’s history. Rather than pursuing the altruistic course of action, too often people are completely egocentric. Unfortunately, the real message being demonstrated by John Edwards is that raw ambition is more “courageous” than selfless compassion. I don’t doubt that Elizabeth Edwards believes this country needs her husband as president. But he should be enough of a man to realize that his wife needs her husband at this very difficult time.
And what about the children? What message does it send to the impressionable minds of a six year-old and an eight year-old that daddy thinks that pursuing his life dream is more important than spending the rest of his wife’s life with her, comforting her, loving her, making memories with her.
No one knows how much time she has. But as time goes on, I believe that more and more people will think that John Edwards’ selfish pursuit of the White House makes him unworthy to reside there.
For now, our prayers are with Elizabeth. May God bless her and be with her.
On a lighter note, if you have any doubt of how self-absorbed John Edwards is, check this out: