Kofi Annan The 2001 Nobel Peace Prize along with the United Nations. The reason they won was for, “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.” That was the main idea of Kofi Annan’s Nobel speech, The United Nations in the 21st Century (2001). He wanted to change the world for the better. His message was to break the separation and the gap that is widely noted throughout the world based on race or religion. He said that we should look deeper and find truth, basically in every person and accept what they have to share with us as a nation. The main reason the United Nations was created was to bring forces together and find the value of every person. They also wanted to protect people’s peace and progress made.
One passage I really liked from his speech was, “ We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the producst of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.” This makes me think of compromise. Two people struggling to get along, what is the best solution? I think is it to compromise. Both ideas could be goo but together they could be great. Having ideas from several cultures and sever races or religions could help us all as a whole. We will never know unless we try. I feel as though some people are open and understanding but at the same time we could be doing more.
I don’t think very much is being done to bring the nations together, to break down the wall separating everyone. Instead I feel like sometimes nothing is being done or it looks like nothing is being done. We are all trying to live in America and earn our way but if people are not letting others then how is anything going to get accomplished. Many people say they are open to change but maybe they just say that to make themselves feel like a better person because when it comes down to it, most people go back on their word because change is different. That’s what change is. And change scares people. I think people need to be more open about things that need to change and the only way to do this is try to make a change for themselves.