Upon the recent passing of Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s founding leaders, many took pause to reflect on his approach to life and politics, his accomplishments, and his aspirations for the Middle East. In this column by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, LRN CEO Dov Seidman tells the Pulitzer Prize winning author about taking his 8-year-old son Lev to visit the 93-year-old leader, a meeting that shed light on Peres’ hope – and humanity.
“I wanted Lev’s first experience of Israel to be an indelible one, so I brought him to meet someone who I believed truly personified the strength and spirit of Israel,” he said.
During their conversation at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv on Aug. 31, 2016, they spoke about the power and potential of humanity to surprise, evolve, and inspire. When Seidman asked Peres to tell Lev “how, after 93 years of life, he stayed so young,” Peres responded:
“Every day I wake up and count my achievements. And then I count the dreams I have in my head. As long as I have more dreams in my head than achievements, I am young.”