Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Desmond Tutu on law and laughter

Retired South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu is one of 20 "leaders in world opinion", ranging from Israel to China and Italy to Japan (interestingly, nobody from India, where one in six people live or from Latin America), who were asked about their highest priority or fondest hope for the next U.S. administration. He says:

Perhaps this new administration will change and affirm that the best hope for this vulnerable planet is when all the nations abide by the rule of law, with none arrogating to themselves the position of being above the law. It is sad to see your great democracy thumbing its nose so disdainfully at the rest of the human community. We can survive only together. We can be free only together. We can be secure and safe only together in a world characterised by goodness, gentleness, compassion, laughter and sharing. God bless you, God bless America, and God bless all of us

Christine Loh, interviewed twice this year on openDemocracy, is among the other contributors.

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