Saturday, August 09, 2008

The grace and dignity of Elizabeth Edwards

By Michael J.W. Stickings

From a diary post at Kos: "Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some – most recently – caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. None of these has been easy. But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him." (Read the whole thing.)

Elizabeth will no doubt be criticized, as she is being criticized already, for doing the wrong thing and saying the wrong things in response to what her husband did. But what is the right thing to do, the right thing to say? There are moralizers all over the place who claim to know what is right and who heap criticism on those who do not agree, but in this case, as in so many others, there is no such right and wrong, and Elizabeth has responded with her characteristic generosity, maturity, and courage.

And as I put it yesterday, this is now a matter for John, Elizabeth, and their family to deal with. It seems to me that they are well on their way to recovery.

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  • Poor Elizabeth. I admire her generosity of spirit, but know a little bit about what this has cost her. The realization that the person to whom you have given your heart and your life did not value you enough to remain true to you, is a bitter pill to swallow. Knowing that she was (and is) battling cancer compounds Edward's guilt, in my opinion.
    Now her cancer is said to be at the incurable stage. Hmmm... Emotional trauma takes it's toll upon physical health, too, and I wonder how much this heartbreak has affected her. Bless her. I'm praying for her and the family.
    Scripture tells us that "...whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap."
    Somehow, someday, Edwards will reap what he has sown. He is paying politically now, but I dare say that his actions will follow him for a long time. His children will never look at him the same way, again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:02 PM  

  • Excuse me, but she is complicit in the scam Edwards' ran on Democrats. Don't be too hasty to pity her. Remember, she knew about this affair before he announced for President!

    By Blogger Carl, at 11:33 AM  

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