|Sent on:||Friday, November 2, 2012 2:05 PM|
Last night was The Brilliant Lecture with President Gorbachev, and I left having mixed feelings about the man, the lecture, and the issues at hand. The lecture started off with a montage video on his political life, highlighting all of the positives in his career (for obvious reasons). We, the audience, were reminded audibly and visually of the Soviet Union, Warsaw, and ofMG - images that I have not seen since I was in grade school. Gorbachev's lecture lasted only an hour, and during that time, his lecture jumped from politics to the environment, back to politics. It was difficult to keep up with what he was saying because his lecture seemed so baroque at times - I'm not going to lie, there were a couple of times that I almost fell asleep, but didn't want to miss anything greatly important.
Gorbachev made many, many, way too many general statements about the issues that the world is currently facing. His one liners included, "No nation should dominate over any other nation, we should all be equal," to which the audience exploded in applause (yawn). President Gorbachev spent 10 minutes talking about the environment, and gave stern warnings on why we should start taking care of the earth's biosphere. Which is okay...but I was hoping that he would give more insight on his Green Cross International, and how he went from being the President of a communist nation to being the founder of a environmental organization.
The most controversial moment of the lecture for me at least, was when he talked about Syria. He was very adamant that no nation should get involved with their conflict, but that the G7 should facilitate peace talks.
I can go on and on about the evening, but at the end of the day, I was in the mist of one of the most important and influential men in the past 20th century. I was awed and humbled by his nature and his accomplishments for the environment, and for world peace (presently).
Tomorrow is TEDxHouston, and next weekend is our 3rd Second Sunday with two speakers...hope to see ya'll there.