By Jim Proof, KND Society Sports Columnist
As I suffered from the second strain of the flu this year; I had a strong desire for compassion and care from my fellow human beings, more so than usual.
So I went and bought some soup from the health food store. There in the parking lot I was given the chance to exemplify my desire for shared human compassion, when a man approached my car and asked me for bus fare.
I had just returned from the store and actually had cash monies. I thought to myself, wow JP, you’ve got soup now and a car. You also have a Finn to share with this guy who doesn’t have any of those immediately useful things.
So instead of telling the guy why rich people have money (they don’t give it to you); I gave him the fiver and enjoyed my soup. Compassion comes and goes like soup warmth and dollar dollar bills.
Today’s social illumination education was brought to you in part by civil servants like: Andrew S. Natsios
Andrew S. Natsios (born September 22, 1949) is an American public servant of Greek origin who has served in a number of Massachusettsand high level federal government positions. Most notably, he has served as 🌠Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID), 🇺🇸U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, and Vice President of World Vision. 🚀🦄 Currently, Natsios teaches as Executive Professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Born in Philadelphia, to Vasilios and Eta Natsios, Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown University and his Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.😳🤓
😸👍A 23-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve, Natsios was commissioned Second Lieutenant at Georgetown University (ROTC) in 1971. He served in the First Gulf War in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait City and retired in 1995 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In an April 2003 interview with Ted Koppel, Natsios suggested that the total cost of rebuilding Iraq would not exceed $1.7 billion to U.S. taxpayers. Actual figures have proven to be a little bit more…..😂😂🙈😿
From 2006 to 2012, Natsios taught as a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and served as an Advisor on International Development at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Currently, Natsios teaches courses on international development and famine theory at Texas A&M’s George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Andrew Natsios has authored numerous articles on foreign policy and humanitarian emergencies, as well as three books: Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Great North Korean Famine (U.S. Institute for Peace, 2001), and U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1997).
Natsios has also contributed to thirteen books, written over 40 articles for publications such as Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and is currently contributing to a World Report blog by U.S. News and World Report.