Coubertin Quote for Dec, 30
Youth likes to be told about the future … the coming society will be altruistic or will be nothing: choose between that and chaos.Share
Throughout his life, Baron Pierre de Coubertin was an astute observer of the past and a fearless prophet about what was to come. And across the course of his fifty year career in sport and education, he took a keen interest in the psychology of the young, learning how to inspire and motivate them to set high goals and reach their full potential. When he turned 70 in 1932, his friends threw a celebration in his honor at the University of Lausanne and his speech reflected these lifelong interests. It was a time of great uncertainty, the beginning of the Great Depression. Millions were falling into poverty. The difficulties of daily life were increasing. Political instability was rising throughout Europe. The Baron knew young people were worried and quite concerned about the future—so he made this prediction. His essential message was simple—if altruism didn’t rule, if society didn’t begin to take care of its own, chaos would ensue. History would prove him right.
“Youth likes to be told about the future, and how right it is! One must not omit to do this if one has the chance to speak to youth. Particularly as the voices which issue from the twilight, whether of age or of suffering, have a right to be doubly heard when they speak of faith. And that is the word I wish to utter ... Mark well, the coming society will be altruistic or will be nothing: choose between that and chaos.”