Bill Moyers is a national treasure. When he speaks, people ought to listen to him--and when they are within earshot of him, they do. Last week, however, when Moyers was given the Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, there was little bally-hoo, and almost no media coverage. His remarks went, in the media, unremarked.
Moyers had some important things to say about the environment, the difficulties inherent in environmental journalism, and the influence of faith and ideology on public environmental policy. While his remarks were limited to these issues, it is easy to infer from his remarks how faith and ideology have had an impact on other areas, such as civil liberties and foreign policy.
I hope you read this.
An excerpt:"The news is not good these days. I can tell you, though, that as a journalist, I know the news is never the end of the story. The news can be the truth that sets us free - not only to feel but to fight for the future we want. And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism, and the answer to those faces looking back at me from those photographs on my desk. What we need to match the science of human health is what the ancient Israelites called 'hocma' - the science of the heart...the capacity to see...to feel...and then to act...as if the future depended on you."