You know, there's wisdom everywhere, and there are people who stand for certain basic things I believe in, like equality. Again, there may be the stereotype of the crotchety old person who's racist, homophobic, sexist, and what have you--but really, those delusions (I refuse to call them "overvalued beliefs" according to the DSM-IV-TR) can be in a young person, too.
It's a wonderful surprise, and humbling, to see this man speak about one of the principles upon which the U.S. was founded, and for which he was willing literally to sacrifice his life (I'm glad he survived).
I am moved because he and I are connected through our shared belief. He's an ally, and I feel less alone in the world for it, even though I've never met him, and probably never will.