(an extract from a speech written by Robert A Heinlein)


And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown. In the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability, and goodness of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. That we always make it just by the skin of our teeth, but we will make it. Survive. Endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes will endure. Will endure longer than his home planet - will spread out to the stars and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage and his noble essential decency.
This I believe with all my heart.


This is the last paragraph of the speech written by Robert and delivered by his wife Virginia to the guests assembled at the ceremony when the NASA Distinguished Public Medal was awarded posthumously to Robert. As the initial paragraphs of the speech deal mostly with Robert's feelings about his neighbours and fellow United States citizens I have not included it here, although his thoughts could apply anywhere. However the final paragraph as reproduced above applies to all of us everywhere.

No matter what differences we think we perceive between skin colours, races, localities, language or religions, we are all the same. We are all human beings. We are all the same.

In my experience, having lived amongst different cultures during my 49 years, all we need to do is watch children at play. They may call out to each other in a different tongue, yet they all play the same games.

And yes, like Robert, I believe that we will reach the stars and beyond.
This I believe with all my heart.