Trust our youth

5 November 2009

There is often a false perception on the power of young people. Our “social deviants”, “trouble-makers”, “juvaniles” are the ones that great leaders have suggested will be the ones that we need to rely on to move our society forward. I find this passage by Robert Kennedy, from 1966 that resonates ever so clearly today.

Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

Robert F. Kennedy “Day of Affirmation”, speech
University of Capetown, South Africa (1966-06-06)


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