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"I believe" von John F. Rockefleller

Im New Yorker Rockefeller-Center, in der 53th Street von Midtown Manhattan, hat der Multi-Milliadär John F. Rockefeller vor der berühmten Prometheus-Statue seine Lebensphilosophie in Stein meißeln lassen. Behandelt werden Themen der Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit, der Würde und Selbstbestimmung des Menschen sowie das verantwortungsvolle Zusammenleben in der Gemeinschaft. Von seinem Statement waren wir beeindruckt, zumal wir von dem Industriemagnaten eine solche moralisch-ethische Abhandlung nicht erwartet hatten. Lesen Sie hier Rockefeller's Memorial in leicht gekürzter Form:

 

I believeDie Prometheus-Statue im Rockefeller-Center

… in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

… that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

… that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

… in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

… that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

… that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

… in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth or power or position — is of supreme worth.

… that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

… in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

… that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

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