"These are the last few years of decision, but they can be the first years of a bright and hopeful future
if we do what we must. No one should believe a solution will be found without effort, without cost,
without change. Let us acknowledge that if we wishto redeem squandered time and speak again with moral
authority, then these are the hard truths: That is just another way of saying that we have to expand the boundaries of what is possible. In thewords of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado,
"Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the
path as you walk."
The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen,
wrote, "One of these days, the younger generation will come knocking at my door."
The future is knocking at our door right now. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of
two questions. Either they will ask: "What were you thinking; why didn't you act?"
Or they will ask instead: "How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a
crisis that so many said was impossible to solve?" We have everything we need to get started,
save perhaps political will, ....So let us renew it, and say together: "We
have a purpose. We are many. For this purpose we will rise, and we will act."
It would be something to wish for.....to so affect youth and adults, that they make real changes.