Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It is perhaps inevitable that we are inclined to always be judging others. But let me share this observation. I am not superior to the people on my show -- and you are not superior to the people you will represent. That is not an insult. It is merely an understanding derived from a life spent on the front lines of human interaction. We are all alike. Some of us just dress better -- or have more money -- or perhaps we were born into better circumstances of parental upbringing, health, brains and luck.
On this great day, when we honor your achievement, we might also say thank you to God in full recognition that whatever we achieve in life is 99 percent a gift -- as is living in America. And I know that from personal experience. You see, I am not the first lawyer in my family. My dad's brother was. His practice was cut short, as was his life -- in Auschwitz. My grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins -- they met their end as well -- camp after camp -- Hitler turning my family tree into a single vine -- Mom and Dad, by the grace of God, surviving -- enabling them to bring my sister and me to America. ...
In one generation here in America -- my family went from near total annihilation to this ridiculously privileged life I live today because of my silly show.
(Hat Tip: Pete Wentz.)