Mexico's Ex-President Vicente Fox Urges Students to Find Purpose, Compassion
Dianne Solis - Dallas News
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November 9, 2013

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox instructed Dallas students at Christ the King Catholic School to live a purposeful life filled with compassion. (Sarah Hoffman/Dallas News)

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, urged Dallas students on Friday to find a life purpose, to be compassionate and to be wary of political ideologies.

“Think big and you will accomplish big things,” said the 71-year-old in his visit to the campus of Christ the King Catholic School.

“Look at that guy from Twitter,” he said, referring to its successful public stock offering this week. “He was just a kid like you with bright ideas.”

The North Dallas school hosted students from other Catholic and Dallas ISD schools and from Southern Methodist University. Sounding like a priest and saying he once considered becoming one, Fox instructed the students to live a purposeful life filled with compassion.

“That value of compassion is extraordinarily significant. … It is you putting yourself in the shoes or feet of the others, to suffer when they suffer, to laugh when they laugh,” he said.

Fox often mentioned the narratives of Nelson Mandela, a South African who became president after a long fight against apartheid, and José Hernandez, a Californian who became an astronaut after a childhood as a migrant farm worker. Both are men who achieved great things despite enormous obstacles.

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