هنوز در شوک این سخنرانی خانم آنگلا مرکل در دانشگاه هاروارد هستم که چهار روز پیش در 30 می 2019 انجام شده است. لازم است چند بار دیگر آن را گوش کنم.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s address at the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association at the 368th Harvard Commencement on May 30, 2019. (YouTube)

* The Berlin Wall limited my opportunities. It quite literally stood in my way. However, there was one thing which this wall couldn’t do through all those years: It couldn’t impose limits on my inner thoughts, my personality, my imagination, my dreams and desires.

* anything that seems set in stone or inalterable can indeed change.

* And perhaps most importantly, it calls for us to be honest with ourselves. What better place to begin to do so than here, in this place where so many young people from all over the world come to learn, research, and discuss the issues of our time under the maxim of truth? That requires us not to describe lies as truth and truth as lies.

* tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness, for nothing has to stay as it is.

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