At that moment when all seemed lost, something was found, as Winston Churchill pronounced some of the most famous lines of the past century. “We shall go on to the end,” he said defiantly, in tones plummy and, on the surviving recordings, surprisingly thick-tongued.
“We shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Churchill’s words did all that words can do in the world. They said what had to be done; they announced why it had to be done then; they inspired those who had to do it. (1)
“Perceived as a failure for much of his life, Churchill was the last person anyone would have expected to rise to national prominence – and yet he changed the course of history.” (2)
During my entire life these words have resonated in me. And today, more than ever since his time, humanity, democracy, freedom, the rule of law and equality amongst all are being challenged, near annihilation, by the forces of ignorance, evil, and fear.
Winston is my role model because I want to defeat corruption, evil, and tyrants like he did.
Join me and also become like him in your schools, your universities, your communities, your businesses, your governments, your lives. – Luis Mago
(1) The making of Winston Churchill by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, August 30th, 2010.
(2) What drove Churchill to greatness? – Jonathan Sandys & Wallace Henley