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Question: Collectively, what should we be doing?

Warren: I think that there is . . . there is a requirement to see your neighbor; to love your neighbor as yourself. And what does that mean? It means to want for my neighbor what I want for myself. What I want for my neighbor’s children is what I always wanted for my children. Every child deserves a home. Every child deserves a family. Every child deserves to grow up with people who love and who care for them. Everybody deserves medical . . . adequate medical healthcare. It’s wrong that we in America . . . there’s such a disparity between what we have access to and what the rest of the world has access to. I want clean water for myself and my family. I want that for my neighbor. I want to live free of war. I want that for my neighbor. I don’t wanna have disease be something that keeps me . . . that causes me to live a shortened life. I don’t want that for my neighbor. It’s wanting for my neighbor what I want for myself.

Recorded on: 12/11/07


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