2008 Maverick Moment of the Day
posted by August 18 at 9:05 AMon
There’s an anecdote that John McCain likes to tell about a guard at his POW camp in North Vietnam drawing a cross in the dirt to communicate their common faith. And, well, it sounds a bit familiar.
Here’s a commercial in which McCain uses the story:
And here’s a story recounted by Solzhenitsyn about his experience in the Soviet gulag:
Leaving his shovel on the ground, he slowly walked to a crude bench and sat down. He knew that at any moment a guard would order him to stand up, and when he failed to respond, the guard would beat him to death, probably with his own shovel. He had seen it happen to other prisoners.
As he waited, head down, he felt a presence. Slowly he looked up and saw a skinny old prisoner squat down beside him. The man said nothing. Instead, he used a stick to trace in the dirt the sign of the Cross. The man then got back up and returned to his work.
As Solzhenitsyn stared at the Cross drawn in the dirt his entire perspective changed.