Top-Level Mindlessness at the Mandela Memorial

Self-discipline and Mindfulness

David Cameron, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Barack Obama and Michele Obama

How not to behave at one of the most solemn occasions a head of state will ever attend.

If you’re in the room, be in the room. What are our hyper-mediatized, short-attention-spanned children supposed to think? That it’s cute or cool to be taking “selfies” as one of the century’s greatest leaders is celebrated. Is this occasion about you David Cameron, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and you Barack Obama. Look at the First Lady, she doesn’t appear to be amused.

And perhaps just a bit of idle speculation, but perhaps had there not been a Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa, there would have been no Barack Obama as president of the United States.

Mr. President, stay focused for a little longer, even if it’s painful. As should be really obvious by now, the world is watching – closely.