Belen Fernandez writes at Al Jazeera English:
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Let’s play a word association game. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “humility”?
Chances are it’s not “heads of state”.
To be sure, the conduct of government leaders across the globe would suggest a general eschewal of such virtues. A few egregious examples: the late Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan erected a gold statue of himself that rotated in accordance with the position of the sun. Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin proclaimed himself “Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea”, while former US president George W Bush claimed to receive battle commands directly from God.
Recurring Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has boasted of sleeping with eight women in one night, in addition to self-identifying as “the Jesus Christ of politics”.
Amidst these tendencies of the global political class, Uruguay’s Jose “Pepe” Mujica looks like a veritable freak of nature.