I think really working on reasons to believe and to hope in humanity’s possibilities is something that inspires me a lot.
As an immigrant from Haiti who went through difficult times, Ms. Michaëlle Jean found herself touching the lives of many people around the world. Two of her quotes from the film especially resonated with me; “I wanted a space where citizen’s voices could be heard. “The other one that is so important to Canada and the world is: “Indifference is not an option.” (A Woman of Purpose)
“This is something that you have to learn at a very young age. And especially when you are different, okay? This is something that you have to learn pretty fast. What belongs to you and what doesn’t belong to you. What you can associate with and what you can’t associate with. It’s about keeping your own dignity. Being focused on the kind of vision that you share and what you want to achieve. What is essential and what isn’t. There are things that I cannot change in this country. This debate is not mine. It does not belong to me. I prefer to stay outside the debate and this position is exactly that. You stay outside politics. And you represent a moral authority.”
Never mind how unnatural this is: to place oneself between the competing forces of servitude and leadership. “I think the difficult part of this was, in my nature, I fight back. I think in a different position I would’ve fought back. I would’ve answered back. In my position as Governor General I couldn’t. I couldn’t. Because it was not appropriate for me to jump into the arena, become part of the noise,” she says. “I sit outside the noise.”
~ Positive Politics