Tuesday, October 25, 2011

pleading for canonization

I hope I won't be guilty of sacrilege in saying this, but if you were to ask me, this is a picture of someone who should at least be beatified.  Though, I sometimes refer to him as
St. George Washington Carver.

I just wonder how many people besides me thank God for him every single day of their lives?  If you do not know about this man, you should.

Not only was he a genius in the realm of agriculture, and a devoted educator, he was also a Christian who was concerned about the moral character of his students.  He is credited with writing these 8 virtues:
  • Be clean both inside and out. 
  • Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor. 
  • Lose, if need be, without squealing. 
  • Win without bragging. 
  • Always be considerate of women, children, and older people. 
  • Be too brave to lie. 
  • Be too generous to cheat. 
  • Take your share of the world and let others take theirs
I also love this quote of his:

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

You know how sometimes you get asked the question, "If you could meet anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be?"  George Washington Carver is in my top ten.

Oh, yeah he also invented peanut butter.


lizzerd said...

Um....HELLO!!!!!!!?????? you left out his most important invention--peanut butter!!!! (Which was the result if his quest to find an alternative to milk for lactose intolerant babies, proof that he was a selfless man!) I consider PB to be a miracle, that is one of the qualifications, right?

:o) mg said...

Although peanut butter is a miracle cure for many an ailment, the article I read said that there is evidence that the Aztecs or some advanced group of folks invented it? I still give St. Carver the credit in my house tho.

Anita said...

He never married and devoted himself to helping other...more proof!

lizzerd said...

indeed. we can thank the aztecs for chocolate & the incas for coffee & potatoes, but peanut butter is an american (southern!) invention as far as anything i've ever seen. maybe it was invented, but he perfected it!