Speaker urges TMI students: ‘Be a patriot of humanity’
Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland, told students at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas that winning isn’t everything.
The former leader of the Scottish government (2000-2003), currently a visiting professor of European Studies at St. Mary’s University, addressed the student body March 8 during daily chapel on the difference between winning and succeeding.
“We live in a society where people are taught to win,” McLeish said. As a onetime “schoolboy professional” soccer player, university student and career politician, he said, “Regardless of everything else, I had to win. It was a box I had to tick every day, every year.” As he gained experience working in public policy, he began to question that value. “If we are all equal in the sight of God, why are some people starving, and why do societies allow that to happen?”
McLeish asked his audience to “Imagine a world where everybody wins. Can the common good be satisfied if all of us want to be winners?” He recommended instead of focusing on individual wins, “Do your best – that is success.”
“All of you here can play a valuable role in developing democracy,” he told the students. “If you don’t like the world out there, you have the power to change it. We are all part of one world: Be a patriot of humanity.”