[VIDEO] Weekend Wisdom LIVE Ep5: Birther Controversy vs. What Your Heart Knows

Yet another eventful week on the US presidential campaign trail.

The most media-hyped moment by far was how one candidate, who had championed the birther movement for 5 years, finally took 30 seconds to declare that Obama was born in the United States.

Many of us are thinking, even those who do feel this was an outrageous attempt to delegitimize the sitting president, that the whole thing was just a royal waste of time.

Even President Obama, when asked to respond to this latest development, was quick to point out,”I have no reaction and I’m shocked that a question like that would come up at a time when we’ve got so many other things to do.”

Amen to that.

If the subject of the birther controversy is ready to move on, maybe it’s time we did too. On hindsight, we can see it for what it is – a political tactic to (successfully) gain ground and notoriety.

A more probing question worth asking is:

What qualifies a person to bear true faith and allegiance to a country’s values? If a person wasn’t physically born in a country, but their heart pulsates to the beat of that country, who’s to say they would be any less loyal?

By the same token, if you leave the land of your birth, are you automatically “less than” in the eyes of your fellow citizens?

Show highlights

– the exciting video shoot I’d been on all day, right before doing this Facebook live video (see comments below for a photo of the wonderful film crew)
– why this question of nationhood and self identity is a growing conversation all over the world
– what we all need to explore and come to terms with, as more people live and work far away from the land of their birth
– some useful resources for you to read before America votes in our 100-day Election 2016 Anthology

About the author

Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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