I’m sure everyone has seen Obama’s speech but I just wanted to pass it on in case you hadn’t.
Kennedy, in his inauguration said, “My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Inspiring words to rally people to a greater cause. I believe that the boundaries we build around us in regards to nations, religion, race, social class are things that must be broken before we can look at ourselves with any sense of pride.
Today, Obama made me feel like that was indeed possible. We all think these thoughts, but to hear them echoed by someone who truly believes it and wants to make it happen, makes me feel like there is a chance of redemption in the catastrophy that is human history, my history, your history, our history.
Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi in my mind are the greatest heros to human kind. Their contributions to our lives is immeasurable and I cannot begin to comprehend the extent to which they sacrificed their own lives for the benefit of others, not just in the nations they helped change but throughout the world. I have never met these great people, I probably never will. But I want to thank them. I want to say that I believe in them and the causes they started.
Today, I am moved. I am in tears. I want change. I want every corner of every continent to be free, to hold life as precious, to believe in and act morally, to accept others regardless of race, religion, nationality, and the other boundaries we have built. I hold these truths to be self evident.