Haile Selassie Speech: Hard Challenge
Haile Selassie Speech
“Although great effort is being exerted by our government by way of planning and formulating ways and means or eradicating community problems, it is not sufficient for the people to rely on government support alone. As has already been manifested by your endeavours, the people themselves must come to realize their own difficulties in the development of their community and try to solve them by collective participation, following an order of priority and taking their potentiality into account. It is well known to you all that recognizing one’s problems and striving hard to challenge them is a mark of an attempt at self-sufficiency.
A county belongs to both leaders and people. The mutual cooperation between them is testimony to this fact. Unless the people help us, our attempt to help them will be fruitless. Why did we become a leader? Is it not for the benefit and welfare of the people? This year more than ever before, the people of Ethiopia motivated by their own will and diligence, have awakened to the task of raising their standard of living. You hear every day that people are engaged in raising funds to either construct roads or to use them for whatever projects they have in mind. How noble and great a deed is the act of sacrificing one’s wealth, land and money, to one’s needy community instead of for selfish purposes! The gratitude remains forever.” -Haile Selassie