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In “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Andrew Roberts provides an appreciative and definitive biography of the man.
In these tumultuous times, Winston Churchill’s life contains many lessons for us today as we struggle with the ups and downs of contemporary social, political, and religious life.
Lesson - Churchill - Life - Failures - Greatness
The first lesson of Churchill’s life is that serious parental failures do not necessarily destroy our potential for greatness. Winston’s father, Randolph, treated his son with disdain, repeatedly telling the young boy and later the young man that he would never amount to anything.
Winston’s mother, Jennie, had numerous extramarital affairs and spent much more time and energy as a social butterfly than as a caring mother. Both parents neglected their son terribly. Sent away to boarding school, young Winston sent 76 letters to his parents who sent only six in return. The boy begged to spend Christmas with them, but was rebuffed. Despite these parental failures and their bad example, Churchill himself was a faithful husband, loving father, and a world historical figure.
Lesson - Churchill - Majority - Truth - Winston
A second lesson to be learned from Churchill is the majority does not determine the truth. Winston spoke against appeasement of Adolf Hitler, bucking the opinion of the most powerful and influential people in England. After Hitler conquered Belgium and France, many within the British establishment sought to make peace with Hitler. But Churchill stood his ground.
He insisted that Hitler’s promises were worthless and that giving in to the German dictator would lead to the subjugation of the British people. Only after Hitler invaded Poland did it become clear to everyone that Churchill was right. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote, the truth does not depend on a majority vote, “Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”
Third - Churchill - Almighty - Plan
Third, Churchill believed that the Almighty had a plan...
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