Denial Is No Longer An Option

Posted by: eric on December 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

The problems of today will not go away if we just sweep them under the rug and ignore them. They will only get worse. We cannot rely on those bound by special interests or protecting their turf to enact great changes and create a new order of justice and fairness. We need the unjaded youth, with their energy, optimism, and sense of purpose, to lead the world out of the mess it is in and toward the full potential of mankind.

On January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a famous speech describing what he called “the Four Freedoms”:

> Freedom of speech and expression

> Freedom to worship

> Freedom from want

> Freedom from fear

The Four Freedoms are still hugely important. But based on the progression of our society and technology, we need to accompany them with the Four Fundamental Rights:

> Right to health—an unspoiled environment, good nutrition, and affordable healthcare

> Right to a good education

> Right to clean, affordable energy

> Right to information, including computing power and unfettered Internet access

In the contemporary world, the Four Fundamental Rights are needed for people to have the opportunity to live life to the fullest and contribute to society to the best of their ability. Making them a reality for all should be part of the Millennial agenda.

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