My philosophy, that instinctively encourages me to do good,
is my firm conviction that our universe needs to be balanced
if our life is to take a positive course.
Every good thing that happens in our lives, everything that goes well –
such as good health, happy family life, healthy well brought-up children,
having a home and a job, having food and drink everyday –
should make us pause to think.
And of all the goodness and happiness
that we receive day by day,
we should give a little bit back to those who need it,
starting with the children.
I know that I have a happy life
because I have got everything.
Everyday, I receive wonderful gifts from life and from God,
and I am conscious of this daily miracle and the happiness it brings.
The real riches in my life are the love I have inside me,
which I feel and which I can give and nurture.
So the very least I can do
is give back some of my happiness
to children who suffer.
We should act as if all the children in this world
were our own children whom we all have to look after together,
and we are responsible for them
because they are the weakest members of our society.
It is our duty as men and women to respond to suffering children
with commitment, love and genuine help.
That is the only way we can make our culture really human
and our society really valuable.
No, we don’t let ourselves be discouraged by the thought
that we –- as single individuals –
cannot do anything about the tremendous problems
in the world: disease and poverty,
ignorance and injustice,
violence, war and exploitation.
But every one of us can contribute a little bit towards
shaping and changing events,
and in total all these small deeds
will write the story of our generation.
The history of humanity is a series of innumerable acts
marked by courage, conviction and trust.
Each time we change for the better
the everyday conditions of people in need,
we send out a little ripple of hope.
And if these little ripples are sent out
from thousands and millions of sources of courage, commitment and love,
and if they meet and combine,
then they will form a whole wave of brotherly love,
a current that can tear down
even the greatest walls of suppression and resistance.
Every single one of us is a useful and valuable drop,
together we can make an ocean
that can sink misery and poverty in its depths.
Together we are strong.
Come on, let’s try!