(CNSNews.com) – In an interview about his success, after coming from a very poor background and reared by a single, illiterate mother, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and author, said that his story was indeed “an American story” and that more opportunities exist in this country “than anywhere else in the world.”
In the interview, Star Parker, the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), asked Dr. Carson, “I’m sure you’ve been all over the world. Is America exceptional? Is this a story that can happen anywhere or is there something brilliant about this concept that allowed that opportunity [for you]?”
Dr. Carson said, “Uh, it is an American story. There’s no question about it. The opportunities that exist here, I think, are more abundant than anyplace else in the world, although they are starting to come under some pressure now – people are trying to change us.
“But, you know, anybody can go to the library,” he said. “Anybody can get access to a computer. And you can learn almost anything you want to learn these days. So, it’s really a matter of how much you want to work. And, you know, when you’re in school – and I can’t emphasize this enough to the kids – you know, you’re not learning for your mom or your dad or your teacher. You’re learning for you.”
Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President George W. Bush in 2008. He is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Carson also is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and is the author of four best-selling books.
The CURE, founded by Star Parker, is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty and restoring dignity through faith, freedom and personal responsibility.