Thursday, April 23, 2009

No one can make us into bystanders without our consent.

"Every day, people should resist the urge to turn away when scenes of horror unfold across the world and fight the impulse to turn the channel when we see images that disturb us or wrap ourselves in the false comfort that others' sufferings are not our own."

The president also urged people to make a habit of empathy, "to recognize ourselves in each other."

Extracts from a speech by US President Barack Obama.


paris parfait said...

I'm so proud that Barack Obama is our president. xo

Pouty Lips said...

"Whoever degrades another degrades me,
And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."

Walt Whitman

Di Mackey said...

I'm reading John Simpson's 'The Wars Against Saddam' at the moment, Tara and I'm hoping that Barack Obama can avoid past corrupt behaviours by so many governments in their dealings with the Middle East, as revealed in the book.

Wise Walt, Pouty Lips. Thanks for the quote.