Sunday, November 16, 2014

A story of Kakha Bendukidze

Last week the world lost Kakha Bendukidze. I didn't know him, but I think the stories of people who make the world a freer place go untold too often, so I will tell the only story that I know about him. I heard it from Tom G. Palmer, a living hero of mine. The story is not long, but it will always stick with me:

Kakha Bendukidze was a Georgian-born businessman, public figure, and reformer. He returned to Georgia after a corrupt and brutal regime was overturned and aided in dramatic liberal reforms. To show the end of the days of police brutality and a return to a humane police force, he tore down all of the stations that had become symbols of oppression to the people who lived under the regime of President Eduard Shevardnadze and replaced them with police stations with transparent walls.

From what I know, Kakha spent the better part of the past year working to try to recover and protect the freedom of people in Ukraine.

It can seem easiest to do nothing, unless you are the type of person who can't stand it. From everything that I can tell, Kakha Bendukidze couldn't stand doing nothing when doing good was an option.

I will remember his story.