Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A return to values and duty

I must say that I was very impressed by Barrack Obama's Inaugural Address. He is an outstanding orator, but there is more to him that that - he really has something to say.

"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." [Inaugural Address: 20th January 2009]
There are core values here that are a secure foundation for every country, every school, indeed every person. Let us hope and pray that his Presidency lives up to the rhetoric - the world needs it.

Check out this SnowCloud of Obama's speech.

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