Its Better To Give
Wise men have always known the deep and pervading truth that it is better to give than to
receive, for even as it conflicts with selfish and ambitious desires, it moderates and
Giving always demands sacrifice. To overcome the temptation to enjoy mere daily comfort, to
press resolutely and patiently forward on the scheduled way, are true tests of the high degree
of determination that should bind you together. Memories of past injustices should not divert
us from the more pressing business at hand.
We must live in peace with our former colonizers, shunning recrimination and bitterness and
fore-swearing the luxury of vengeance and retaliation, lest the acid of hatred erode our souls
and poison our hearts.
Let us act as befits the dignity which we claim for ourselves as Africans, proud of our own
special qualities, distinctions, and abilities. We must speak out on major issues, courageously,
openly and honestly, and in blunt terms of right and wrong.
If we yield to blandishments or threats, if we compromise when no honourable compromise is
possible, our influence will be sadly diminished and our prestige woefully prejudiced and
On this day which men of earth and angels of heaven could neither have foreseen nor known, I
give thanks unutterable by the mouth of man to the living God who has enabled me to be present
Today is the beginning of a new era in the history of Ethiopia.
Since this is so, do not reward evil for evil, do not commit any act of cruelty like those
which the enemy committed against us. Do not allow the enemy any occasion to foul the good
We shall take his weapons and make him return by the way he came.
We believe in cooperation and collaboration to promote the cause of international security,
the equality of man and the welfare of mankind.
We believe in the peaceful settlement of all disputes without resorting to force.
And in accordance with the charter of O.A.U. we will strive to eradicate colonialism, racism
and apartheid from the face of the earth, to frustrate the efforts being made by foreign powers
to dictate the destiny of the African continent, and we will continue to stand.
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