This 16-year-old makes me want to be a better, more tolerant and more passionate person. I'll teach my children about her one day. I hope they will look up to her too, and strive toward her example.
This is not to make Malala a saint. We don't go for that here at McBone. What she is is a good and decent young woman, and decency is a heroic trait in these strange days. Her mission is education, but her wisdom can be spread far and wide. Right now politicians are fighting over whether our citizens should have access to affordable healthcare. Our democracy is sputtering. Demagoguery rules the day. I wish our leaders could sit down and talk to Malala, hear her story and have it dawn on them just how petty they really are.
Congratulations Malala Yousafzai, 2013 McBone Peace Prize Winner.