before limbs are weakened by hunger.
before backs are bent by poverty.
before trust is broken by betrayal
before belief is shattered by violence.
before dreams are stolen by necessity.
before minds are blunted by ignorance.
before deeds are tainted by prejudice.
before hearts are blackened by hate.
before soul is twisted by greed.
before the light within is lost to the world without.
If my world asks me to forget another,
then I reject my world.
If my nation asks me to fail another,
then I reject my nation.
If my religion asks me to trample another,
then I reject my religion.
If my culture asks me to ridicule another,
then I reject my culture.
If my identity asks me to erase another,
then I reject my identity.
I will have my conscience decide.
Who I shall be and what to abide.
In honor of President Obama’s speech for UN General Assembly, 2016. Thank you Sir, for your service and for inspiring a generation.