I finished reading Stephen Lewis’ 2005 Massey Lectures last night. They were incredible. I cannot put into words how much this book affected me, though I will try. For those that don’t know, he is the UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa. This man is utterly amazing. I had heard of his work before, but it was reading of his experiences first hand, in his beautifully passionate writing, that made me fall in love with him. When I read, I tend to earmark pages with great quotes on them. Twenty pages of this less than 200 page book are dog-eared.
There are five lectures, and each addresses a separate challenge facing the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa, which in turn roughly map onto separate Millennium Development Goals (which you can read more about here). I really want to share some of the quotes. I honestly think everyone in the world (no exaggeration) should read these lectures, so if you have the time, read a few of these. They are broken down by lecture. Be warned: they are very, very long.
( Preface – Last ParagraphCollapse )
( Context: It Shames and Diminishes Us AllCollapse )
( Pandemic: My Country Is On Its KneesCollapse )
( Education: An Avalanche of Studies, Little StudyingCollapse )
( Women: Half the World, Barely RepresentedCollapse )
( Solutions: A Gallery of Alternatives in Good FaithCollapse )
Okay, you have been warned, and were warned, that the passages I chose are extremely long. They are by no means the best quotes of the book; just some that struck me and I chose to remember. But really, I could have earmarked the whole book. I don’t expect everyone to read all these quotes, but I thought I would share them should somebody want to. This book might just have become my bible.
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