I was so thrilled to be invited to deliver a Talk @ Google. My topic title is above. As I told the Googlers, and as you'll learn by watching, the power of the spoken word is never on greater display than during presidential campaigns.
The Pope was in town last week. There was great anticipation for his visit, as there is with every Pope, but Francis seemed to have something special.
From the minute he began his papacy, he seemed far more inclusive than his predecessors. His manner bespoke humility. He chose to live in a smaller, less ostentatious residence in Vatican City. His words were crafted to convey non-judgment. These careful and deliberate messages were intended to confirm that this pope was different, new, with fresh ideas about how to treat the marginalized.
And then, poof, all gone, with one, depressing misstep.