They're old and look somewhat frail. Well, some of them do. But the world leaders that comprise a group called the Global Elders are on a do-good mission. If you have not heard, South African former president Nelson Mandela launched Global Elders this week. It is made up of 12 'wise men and women' who will address global issues.
Some of the 12 are: Mr Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Jimmy Carter, the former American president; Mary Robinson, the former Irish president; Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the United Nations; and Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate economist and founder of the Green Bank in Bangladesh; Li Zhaoxing, the former foreign minister of China, has also been invited to join, along with Ela Bhatt, the Indian activist and founder of a women's association. Gro Harlen Bruntland, former prime minister of Norway and director of the World Health Organisation, may also become a member and Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now the prisoner of the military junta despite her victory in a democratic election in 1990. The initiative was the brainchild of Sir Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel.
But on the TV show Charmed, there is also an all knowing groups called The Elders. According to Wikipedia the Elders are a fictional group of people who oversee good magic. They wear long white robes and are very wise. They monitor earthly events from heaven, are often seen meditating and strive for overall good in the world.
Nevertheless, the question begs: did Sir Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel get inspired by the Elders of Charmed? I certainly suspect it.
I really do hope the world will become a better place after the Global Elders get to work.
Here's wishing them more than luck but a guaranteed victory.
To the Elders! (both magical and human...)