Teenager vs Superpower
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them”. Isaiah 11:6
Let throw it out of the way right away. I am just fascinated by History and not a believer in a literally sense. However, my obsession with American hoops led me to witness people who wholeheartedly believe in the last part of the citation: “And a little child shall lead them”.
Decades ago, and precisely in the NCAA championship run of 1981, in Bloomington which is a city in the Hoosier State (Indiana), there were thousands of folks who showed up with posters on which were written the prediction of the prophet Isaiah seven centuries before the birth of Jesus-Christ. As a matter of fact, the baby-faced Chicagoan baller, Isaiah Thomas,( I think that if the great Piero della Francesca wanted to paint or draw a black angel, undoubtedly he would have chosen his facial traits), delivered the Holy Grail to the basketball-crazed fans of Indiana University in that year. It happened that a child led them to the promised land.
Even though it could seem as far-fetched, Isaiah’s story came up in my mind when I watched during the last Hot Docs festival a documentary untitled “Teenager vs Superpower”. Succinctly, it is the story of a Hong Kong schoolboy and founder at age 14 of the Scholarism movement, Joshua Wong, who first vehemently and successfully opposed the change introduced by the Chinese Communist Party in the educational curricular of Hong-Kong. After that exploit, he became at age 17 the vocal and emotional leader, alongside other fellow teenagers, of the umbrella movement which gathered hundred of thousands of people within the city’s financial district to protest against the willingness of mainland China to control the selection process of Hong Kong’s leaders.
Putting aside for a moment the intricacies and complexities of the Chinese political architecture and power struggle, I remained completely blown away by the leadership qualities of Joshua at such a young age. I mean, being crystal clear about long-term goals, infusing trust into people around his, being confident about his own abilities, standing still in front of adversities is so remarkable and inspiring for every one. At one point, I was wondering whether it was a fairy tale that I was watching. Except this is the damn reality with high-stakes consequences. Whatever the future holds for Joshua Wong, whether will he be successful as Isaiah Thomas in Bloomington or not, he is a truly inspirational leader. For the time being, it’s definitely clear ,at least for this moment, that the Isaiah’s prophecy is still true. Chapeau.