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President Barack Obama's speech at Mandela's Funeral-Do we hear but not listen?

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I watched our presidents speech at Nelson Mandela's funeral & I couldn't helped but been moved. Simultaneously, I couldn't help to think that due to many varying circumstances, many people won't hear this message. Not because they're audibly impaired. Instead, because they will choose not to listen.

In the times in which we're living in, we all enjoy many freedoms. Particularly the freedom of choice. For example, we can choose which smart phone we're going to operate & the carrier that will provide us service. We can choose where we want to raise our family. What type of clothes we will wear. The very song that provides us comfort during our saddest moments. Yes, the power of choice is ours for the taking. Now we also have the freedom to vote for who we want to have as our leader, our president of our free world but like all the examples mentioned, we can't always get what we want.

Going back to the speech, our president spoke eloquently. Not just in behalf of himself, no, but as a representative for us, you and I-Americans. And he spoke beautifully in our behalf but yet again, many couldn't hear this speech this way.

Does everyone love only Apple Inc products? Is everyone in this world Christian? Pepsi or Coke? What's my point? We have options, we have choices! Nothing & no one is perfect but that's what makes life so real. That's what makes this country what it is today. Value for value.

Will there ever be a brand that EVERYONE loves? An artist or athlete that the entire world adores? The answer is simple: No. For those who have children, you raise them to not be people pleasers. No doubt because you yourself learned that hard lesson first hand. You also raise them to stand up for what they believe in. To make their mark, no matter how small it may be.

So as I look at our president. What do I see? When I hear him speak, what do I hear? Do I hear the bickering of his healthcare bill? No I do not. Do I see a man that everyone is going to love & accept? Not at all. I see history in my life time. I see a man, who not even a century ago couldn't even look another man of Caucasian decent directly in the eyes without receiving lashes from a leather whip. I hear a man who centuries ago wasn't encouraged to read nor write but now speaks in behalf of millions of races & people that make up this great nation of ours.

Where would any of us be if we didn't have supporters? Imagine if we had millions of people highlighting our deficiencies. There is no one answer for all of our problems, as there is no one man that can right all our wrongs. Although many times, we refuse the answers that are right in front of us, while offering no solutions. And yet, we demand change or something better. How is that possible?

The old cliche still holds true. "We can't know where we're headed unless we know where we've been." We also can't demand change and idly wait on the sidelines with our arms folded. We were all created with a purpose & we all have the choice to create change now & for our future. The decision is ours but in the meantime, let's try not be closed minded. Let's try not to be overly critical & naively negative. And when that task appears to be to daunting, stop and ask yourself: "What am I doing to make this world a better place." #illwait



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