“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” Wangari Maathai
This quote is part of a lecture given by Mr. Maathai upon receiving the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
Within it there is a plea for leaders to provide the type of leadership that gives hope, the type of hope achieved only through higher morality.
The only way this higher morality can really be long lasting is through understanding, faith, and a practice that respects the authority of God and His word.
Without the proper respect for God and the influence of His word, what purpose would there be for achieving a higher morality?
However, on the basis of both, all of humanity has a reason to change.
This is the summation of our leadership. Twelve years have passed since this thought was expressed and it is just as needed today.