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The Forgotten Brother Part 3

June 6, 2011

His message must live on!


43 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy passed away due to an assassin’s bullet…as so it’s told. For the past two days, I’ve been posting quotes that I’ve put up on Facebook from RFK’s Presidential campaign speeches. The speeches can be found in The Gospel According to RFK: Why it Matters Now. His words, along with many others during the 1960’s, are relevant to today. We must take in these words and make a change for the better! The following quotes came from Ted Kennedy who quoted his brother Robert during Robert’s memorial service. The last quote comes from Robert who was asked how he wants to be remembered. May the Lord bless his soul.

“There is a discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; and millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich; and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere.”

“…we can perhaps remember…that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek—as we do—nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.”

“Our answer is to rely on youth—not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”

“Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.”

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in the battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world…those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe.”

“For the fortunate among us, there is the temptation to follow the easy and familiar paths of personal ambition and financial success so grandly spread before those who enjoy the privilege of education. But that is not the road history has marked out for us.”

“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American society.”

“Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny.”

“I think again back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering.”

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