It’s easy to despair when trying to make sense of horrific tragedy and injustice. Inevitably, however, stories emerge from these events that inspire us all to carry on.
One such story is now coming out in connection with the massacre of five Dallas, Texas police officers. If the man at the center of it all had his way, though, we never would have heard about it.
As the Dallas Morning News reports:
[Texas] Gov. Greg Abbott was in severe pain from second- and third-degree burns on his legs when he joined Dallas city officials Friday for a press conference in the aftermath of the mass shooting that left five police officers dead, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday.
Abbott had been vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., when he was accidentally scalded with hot water on both of his legs, below his knees and on his feet. His staff was preparing a public statement informing Texans about the injury. (…)
“The governor’s first words were, ‘I’ve got to come back,’” said Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch.
Abbott ignored doctors’ advice not to travel, even though he risked serious infection by doing so. He didn’t mention the injuries at either the press conference or while taking a call from President Obama.
In our “Kardashian” society where “oversharing” has become the norm, it’s refreshing to see someone, especially in authority, practicing old fashioned stoicism and setting such a great example.
Source: The Political Insider