It is tempting for a nation and for a society to feel overwhelmed by all this. Today’s Egypt should not. These are all surmountable challenges, especially if the country retains its unity, commonality of purpose, and purity of aspiration.
It may also be tempting for some of you here to feel powerless, believing that your own potential contributions pale in comparison to these significant societal challenges. You should not.
Every single one of you has the ability to make a difference in today’s Egypt. Indeed, many of you already do so, day in and day out.
You maintain the momentum for positive change. You work hard to counter the huge disparities in income and wealth, and the extremes in access to education, health and other basic social needs. And you are unwilling — and rightly so — to see millions of your countrymen and countrywomen condemned to a life of poverty, human degradation and despair.
All of you are facilitators of a better tomorrow for Egypt, of the “new Egypt.”
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