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Monday, July 11, 2005


[GMW #727] Never Give Up

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[GMW #727] Never Give Up
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Idea Dreams 6001-6500

~ Idea 1924 ~

Never give up if you have an idea in which you believe profoundly, an idea that will improve the peace, the happiness and the living conditions of your human brothers and sisters. I will narrate here an anecdote from my own life:

Many years ago in the 1950's a proposal was made by two great Latin American UN people, Raul Prebish from Argentina and Hernan Santa Cruz from Chile. It was to create a United Nations Marshall Plan of a revolving nature. Poor countries would repay interest free, long-term loans at a time when they would be developed. The debates on this took years. Both Raul Prebish and Hernan Santa Cruz returned to their countries.

I remained one of the lone fighters for this idea that was staunchly opposed by the United States because they said nobody on Earth should get loans at fuzzy or no rates of interest or for long-term periods of time. This would disrupt the normal banking system. The proposal was known as SUNFED, Special UN Fund for Economic Development. At one point the US State Department sent a former colleague of mine who said to me: Robert, we are sick and tired to get all these cables about what you try to do. You should stop. We and our western allies will never agree to this proposal as you perfectly know.

I answered him: Well, I will stop only when you give in. The earlier you give in the less cables you will receive. After that, a last determining meeting took place for a final voting on the proposal.

To the astonishment of everyone, the German delegate instead of voting against it voted in favor! The western delegations withdrew for consultations and after a while came back and voted in favor of it, including the US. The plan was passed.

After the meeting was over I asked the German delegate why Germany changed its vote. He answered: Germany did not. I did. I was commander of a German tank Division in the second World War. When I heard a man like you who had the courage and tenacity to continue his fight for an idea he considered a blessing for the world, I broke my instructions and voted in favor. I salute you from the bottom of my heart.

My own heart is full of joy when I remember that today. This is how the United Nations Development Program was born - first named Special Fund for Development, one of the biggest aid programs on Earth which otherwise might not have been created.

Daily Idea Dream Topics: Peace, Idea Dreams 6001-6500, Ending War,
Earth's Ecology, Religion & Spirituality

What I would have missed in my life if I hadn't worked for the UN! I should rewrite in golden letters the essay on world government which opened to me the doors of the UN as a young man.

Robert's Golden Sayings
Each human person should practice four optimisms:

optimism of thought (intelligence)
optimism of heart (love)
optimism of action (activism)
optimism of soul (spirituality)

As a result, all our vital forces will be mobilized and a successful life will ensue. Since we live, why not try to live fully in every respect, to the highest, fullest ideals?

Never be negative in intention

Never be negative in thoughts
Never be negative in ideas
Never be negative in words
Never be negative in action
Do not destroy or diminish anyone or anything.

My Testament to the UN
-A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, 1995, Chapter 6



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