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lessons from history

January 20, 2009

Ok, well I couldnt let today pass by without writing, could I? After all, today is another of those historic days that change the world, days when something important is happening, when we feel compelled to sit up & take note of what’s going on around us.

Today Barack Obama is being inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America. An auspicious position for anyone to hold but especially momentous when we look back on the past of that country and even on the world as a whole. Havent we moved on a long way in the past 40 years?

Yesterday our American cousins celebrated Martin Luther King Day and today, hot on the heels of that comes the Presidential Inauguration. I wonder if today would even be happening if it weren’t for Martin Luther King. If he hadn’t felt inspired and determined to stand up and speak for what he believed in, to risk his own life to better that of others, to bring about freedom to a whole generation and their descendants, then would we even be witnessing the historic events of today? Perhaps not.

So what does this teach us? It teaches us to never give in, to speak up for our beliefs, to not be intimidated by other people but to stand firm in those beliefs. Granted things might not changed immediately, they might not even change in our own lifetime, but who’s to know what influence we might have on the future, on making changes which will benefit our children, our grandchildren, our world?

Never give up on what’s right. If you believe in something, then stick to your guns, speak up for it, share those thoughts with other people. Who knows, perhaps we all have it in us to create historic, life-changing events. One thing’s for certain, we wont ever know if we don’t try.

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