Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

By William O’Shaughnessy | Go to book overview

MARIO CUOMO’S OMEGA SOCIETY SPEECH:
A MEDITATION ON ULTIMATE VALUES

So many readers and listeners who have indulged my
enthusiasms over the years know of my great admiration
for Mario M. Cuomo. Thus I’m often greeted with an
inquiry about his present activities.

I answer them this way. He practices law at the
prestigious New York law firm of Willkie, Farr &
Gallagher. He continues to write and takes more than a
passing interest in the career of his son and heir Andrew
M. Cuomo, who presently serves as New York attorney
general and who many of us believe would make a pretty
good governor himself.

Meanwhile, the gifted man the Boston Globe called “the
great philosopher-statesman of the American nation” often
departs from the confines of his ivory tower law firm in
midtown Manhattan to give the thought-provoking
speeches for which he is known.

This one before The Omega Society, a group of “thinkers
and seekers,” is one of Cuomo’s best, delivered in April
2005 at the Sheraton New York.

When I was asked to give the closing remarks tonight, I hesitated because of the intelligent, distinguished, and articulate individuals slated to appear before me.

The representative of Omega insisted, “Your input as a three-term governor could be especially relevant given the frightening implications of 9/11.”

So I agreed to try.

Actually, I once offered similar observations at a conference titled “Who or What Is God?”

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