Is Winston Churchill Relevant Today?

Is Winston Churchill Relevant Today?

This survey is for contributors to the research of a book by Sir Winston Churchill's great-grandson, Jonathan Sandys. PLEASE NOTE: This survey is for ALL, young and old alike. It is NOT restricted to those who knew him. I am looking for responses from those who knew him, only heard him speak, or were born post-1965, and therefore learnt about him at school or through the stories of your parents, grandparents, or through another way. Participation does NOT guarantee inclusion, but by completing this survey, you agree that your answers may be used for publication without expectation of reward.
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  • EXAMPLE: I was a child of ten years old, playing outside in our garden, when my mother ran out and told me to come inside to watch the funeral of Winston Churchill. She told me he was a great man, and this was very important for me to watch. As I watched the funeral and heard excerpts from some of his speeches, I found myself drawn to his kind voice and looked over at my mother, who was crying. Many years later I read more about Churchill’s life and fondly remembered the gentle voice and warm, welcoming face of the old man who had made my mother cry.
  • EXAMPLE: I had a very hard time at school, and after eleven years of being told that I was useless and would never achieve anything in life, I believed it. I left education with no qualifications at all. I gave up on life completely. In 2005, I by-chance was given a copy of Churchill’s book, My Early Life, published in the 1930s. His account of his childhood and youth turned me around completely. I realised in that moment that we, (Churchill and I), had suffered similarly, but where I had surrendered, Churchill had dug his heels in and refused to be bowed by his enemies. It was then that I finally appreciated the significance of the legacy Winston Churchill left us all. Because of Winston Churchill and his determination in the face of adversity, I will never again surrender.
  • EXAMPLE: In reading about the Second World War and Churchill’s leadership during those dark years in comparison to the challenges we are facing today, I realise more fully the impact his leadership of courage, faith and integrity had in those days which united the world. However, Churchill’s relevance today, in my opinion, is more on personal levels than the world stage. His legacy empowered the world to rise and stand against Adolf Hitler, however, it was his own courage, faith and integrity that inspired, or rather ignited those manifestations. We must learn the lessons he taught and instead of looking to others to lead, we should be Churchillian leaders ourselves. Churchill’s words still inspire, and I am persuaded that if we followed his example, his care for his fellow man, his humility in leadership, his courage to stand, his faith in God and mankind, and his integrity to be honest, we can again be inspired. This, in my opinion, is the relevance of Winston Churchill today.