As a worldwide speaker who has the privilege and honor to interact with people throughout the global community, I must say President Obama’s recent words in Cairo spoke to me and hopefully the world at large.
“I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
“…I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” (Applause.) That is what I will try to do today — to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.”
Let us heed these wise words, endeavor to listen, learn from one another, respect one another, and rejoice together as fellow citizens in the global community. Because together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
www.PaulFDavis.com – worldwide speaker & life-changing author of 18 books building bridges cross-culturally and empowering humanity to live their dreams!
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