Anderson Cooper on Grace: “We live in an age where people puff themselves up and want to have the most followers”

As a reporter, my greatest desire is to be a decent and good human being, to be fair and to have the questions I ask be truthful. We live in an age when people puff themselves up and want to have the most followers on Instagram and to show themselves having this glamorous, fun, exciting life. That seems to me sort of the opposite of grace.

There’s something about the quiet fortitude of the people I most like to do stories about, whether it’s in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina or Haiti after the earthquake. For my dad, who grew up in a poor family in Mississippi, the song “Amazing Grace” was always incredibly important, and he used to cry every time he heard it.

“Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.” I don’t think that many people embrace that idea—that they want their heart to fear yet then, through grace, have their fears relieved.

—Anderson Cooper, writing about grace in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, is the anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°

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