A commission to a new generation

In his inaugural speech, Nelson Mandela, the first president of a free South Africa, told his people and the world:

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.
We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.
We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.
Let there be justice for all.
Let the be peace for all.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.
Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
Let freedom reign.

The world is waiting to see what this generation is going to do. The children whose lives are in the balance are waiting for you to act on their behalf. Your own future children are already waiting to see what kind of world you will give them. The Church is waiting for you to change our direction. Most of all, Jesus is waiting for you, waiting where he lives amid the sufferings of humanity, waiting for you to join him there. Are you ready? We need you now. This is your time and your moment. Don’t let it pass you by.
So my advice is to take care of your faith, take care of each other, take care of your hope, and stay with your vision.
And my commission to a new generation is this:

No longer accept the unacceptable.
Change what is believed to be possible.
And always make the choice for hope.

— Jim Wallis, Seven Ways to Change the World, p. 242-243

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