We Already Know Time’s 2022 Person Of The Year, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, And His Steadfast Resolve


Long-time readers know I predict Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. I usually wait until November to weigh in as the year is closing out. That long game will not be required this year. Last night on Twitter I made my call for 2022.

There is no doubt as February comes to a close that we are seeing a person who underscores what is best about human nature. We also are witnessing a worldwide lesson, in these years of angst, about something very basic.

Democracy matters. It must be fought for. It can never be taken for granted.

When so many from Madison’s legislature to Moscow, from Trump Tower to Beijing either dismiss democracy or work feverishly to undermine it comes a refreshing– and, oh, so needed reminder–as to why we must never be lackadaisical about its continuance.

With steadfast resolve, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is leading not only his nation but being a teacher to the world.

And the world is watching.

There is no way not to feel his commitment to justice and sincere regard for democracy. There is no way not to fully grasp his correct desire for a heightened international repudiation of Russian thuggery.

When this year ends it will be near impossible to consider anyone more elevated and deserving to be Person of the Year than Volodymyr Zelenskyy. May God keep him and his family safe.

And so it goes.

5 thoughts on “We Already Know Time’s 2022 Person Of The Year, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, And His Steadfast Resolve

    1. Insightful Person

      You are absolutely wrong with that statement. I feel that standing against a tyrant that committed genocide against your people and preserving your countries democracy and standing for solidarity in eastern Europe among 12 authoritarian nations. Zelensky was seen as a beacon of hope for the Ukrainian people in their democracy’s darkest hour. He helped them when many feared a return to the soviet union. He is his people’s shining light. Now you can go live the rest of your life being stupid, so maybe just take a day off.

      1. Rick McSlick

        He’s got a point. Hitler, Stalin and a few other nasties have gotten Person of the Year before. In Time’s own words, it’s based on whoever “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”. You could argue that Putin’s done that by invading Ukraine in the first place. That being said, I still think Zelensky will get it because his thusfar successful defence of Ukraine is arguably having a greater impact on the world than Putin. And let’s be honest, Time is a just a magazine, so they’ll probably pick Zelensky anyway since it’s just as justifiable as Putin but makes for a better and more palatable story. Fighting for democracy in the face of impossible odds and holding fast is a lot more inspiring than barging into another country because you’re a nationalistic megalomaniac, isn’t it?

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