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terça-feira, janeiro 20, 2009

«The world has changed, and we must change with it»

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«Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.»

«Less measurable [than the indicators of crisis] but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.»

«[A]ll are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.»

«[T]he world has changed, and we must change with it.»

«[This] moment [...] will define a generation

«Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous

«As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.»

«Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world [...].»

[Destaques pessoais do discurso de Barack Obama. O texto em Português]

A crise financeira de 2008 e a eleição de Barack Obama marcam o início de uma nova era e de um novo paradigma. Desconhecemos ainda os seus contornos, incerteza incómoda, mas temos de estar preparados para mudar. A felicidade humana não depende do consumismo, do mercado selvagem, da destruição do planeta, do individualismo ou da acumulação ridícula de riqueza por uns poucos. Redescobriremos velhos valores e equilíbrios.

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1 comentário:

  1. Ele afirmou que os EUA não pediriam desculpa pelo seu estilo de vida! No entanto esta crise obriga-los-à a mudar, a eles e a todas as nações que consumem mais do que produzem!