Believe me when I say that we have a difficult time ahead of us.
But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it.
I stand before you now, truthfully, unafraid.
Because I believe something you do not?
I stand here because I remember.
I remember that I am here not because the path that lies before me, but because of the path that lies behind me.
— Morpheus speaking to the people of Zion, from the film The Matrix Reloaded
As we start a New Year I find it useful to review my core beliefs. It is easy to lose sight of those amidst the clatter of daily events.
- We are a people with a great past.
- The challenges ahead are no greater than those behind us.
- The American people can surmount these challenges if we work together.
- We will be what we wish to be, if we but make the necessary effort.