A Wise Mind Publications original.
First page excerpt…
￼Q’damawi Haile Selassie November 2, 1966
What we seek is a new and different way of life. We search for a way of life in which all men will be treated as responsible human beings, able to participate fully in the political affairs of their government; a way of life in which ignorance and power and poverty, if not abolished, are least the exception and are actively combated; a way of life in which the blessings and benefits of the modern world can be enjoyed by all without the total sacrifice of all that was good and beneficial to the old Ethiopia. We are from and of the people, and our desires from and are of others.
Can this be achieved from one dusk to the next dawn, by the waving of the magic wand, by the slogans of our Imperial declarations? Can this be imposed on our people, or be achieved solely by legislation? We be- lieve not. All that we can do is provide a means for the development of procedures, which if all goes well, will be enable an increasing meas- ure and degree of what we seek for our nation to be accomplished. Those who will honestly and objectively view the past history of this nation cannot but be impressed by what has already being realized dur- ing our lifetime, as well be awed by the magnitude of the problems which still remain.
On this day we renew our vow to labour without thought of self, for so long as Almighty God shall spare us, in the service of our people and our nation, in seeking the solutions of our problems. We shall call each of you and upon and each Ethiopian to do likewise.
Above all, Ethiopia is dedicated to the principle of the equality of all men, irrespective of different races, colour or creed.