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Inspiring story on every level
on December 18, 2016
This movie is an inspiring story on every level. I would not have heard of this autobiographical story except for Dr. Ben Carson's run for the presidency this year. He grew up in tremendous poverty in inner-city Detroit, and was well down the road to failure. All he had going for him was his single mother, who was illiterate but deeply faithful. She would not let her boys give up. When they wanted to watch television, she demanded they read books each week and report to her. An adolescent crisis turned young Ben to faith, and cemented his commitment to scholarship.
His increasing achievements in university and medical school were not enough to fully blunt the idiotic prejudices of a few people in his career. Dr. Carson overcame these obstacles the way minorities often do: by working harder and achieving more. Dr. Carson became a pioneer in pediatric neurosurgery, becoming the first to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in a 24-hour marathon operation in 1987.
Dr. Carson appears in a cameo in the movie with his wife - see if you can spot him! He is interviewed in a special feature, and is astonishingly humble and genial for such a phenomenally talented man. I will only add that I expect America to benefit from his public service starting next year.
No, not everyone is capable of doing everything. Nevertheless, this movie should inspire the hopeless, who have given up on improving their lives: you can do better!