How can we end modern-slavery? Rob Morris, president of Love 146, shares his thoughts:
I think first of all it will take the audacity to believe that we CAN end it. Considering the overwhelming stats of how many slaves exist today and how much money the sale of human beings generates, some would call it naive or idealistic to believe we can end it. I prefer to think that it is audacious. And it has only been people of audacity that have ever changed the world. Was it naive or idealistic for a William Wilberforce who fought against the trans-Atlantic slave trade in Great Britain to believe that it could and should end? No. It was audacious. And it came to an end. Was it naive or idealistic for a Martin Luther King Jr. to stand up on the Washington Mall and cry; “I have a dream!” No. It was audacious. I could go on and on.
It will take tenacity. We need to be committed for the long haul. Albert Einstein said; “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stick with problems longer.” In other words … we don’t give up … even when it gets hard. The reality is traffickers are committed 24/7. We must be at least that committed to stopping them. I love the words of jazz singer Billie Holiday who sang; “The difficult I’ll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”
I’m inspired by such “greats” as William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King Jr. It might seem like an unending battle, but like Einstein, I want to stick with it!
So, today, here’s to actually believing that we can make a difference.
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