Are You a Responsible Citizen?

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting

to improve the world. – Anne Frank

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t

do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the

safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. – Mark Twain

Between work, school, family and other daily responsibilities and distractions, I’ve found out just how easy it is to lose sight of how good we, in our society, really have things. I often forget that not everyone lives with the conveniences or freedom that I have. These realizations are what inspire me to act.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Vanderbilt University titled “The Educated Citizen.” In this speech President Kennedy spoke “not of your rights as Americans, but of your responsibilities.”

I would like to echo his sentiment. We, with our liberty granted to us by our free society, owe to our fellow man and ourselves to fight for what we believe in. So, I ask you, take a moment to reflect on what you believe in, what inspires you to act? Is it the genocide in Darfur? In Burma? Global warming? The war in Iraq? Cancer? Drunk driving?

In this same speech, President Kennedy said “the educated citizen has an obligation to serve the public.” So, I ask that you take just a few minutes, to find a cause you believe in, exercise your liberty, and act. A difference can be made.

Thank you.


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