Good Without God

mujica and pope

Uruguay’s President, Jose Mujica, is quite a remarkable, unusual leader.  Here’s what BBC reports:

“Uruguay’s president is famous for driving an old banger, living a humble life and giving a large slice of his salary to charity – so much so that he’s often been dubbed the world’s “poorest president”

People in one other country, Spain, have been Tweeting like crazy about Mujica, comparing him to their own President, saying things like,

“Humble, sincere, honourable. About how many Spanish politicians would you be able to say the same?” is one typical tweet. “It’s incredible that a country ‘less’ developed than ours has more efficient and committed politicians than us,” was another.

Some using the hashtag have even been comparing Uruguay’s president with the Pope – himself quite a social media star.

Alright, good so far.  But surprise!

But there’s at least one big difference [between Mujica and the Pope]. In his interview on Spanish TV, President Mujica declared himself an atheist.

In this interview from 2012 the Godless Governor says,

“I can live well with what I have.”

This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

His charitable donations – which benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs – mean his salary is roughly in line with the average Uruguayan income of $775 (£485) a month.

In 2010, his annual personal wealth declaration – mandatory for officials in Uruguay – was $1,800 (£1,100), the value of his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle.

I find that rather refreshing, don’t you?  Certainly many in Spain are admiring the man.

Why highlight this simple Poor President in South America?

Maybe just as a reminder that people do not have to be religious, have faith, believe in God, to Be Good and to Do Good.

Maybe you already know that.  But are you aware that Atheists are the Most Unelectable Group in America?  Too bad.  I guess someone like President Mujica could never be elected here!


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