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tv   Canadian PM Trudeau NYU Commencement Address  CSPAN  May 31, 2018 12:11am-12:35am EDT

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announcer: canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, delivered the commencement address to the graduates of new york university. he urged students to fight the "tribal mindset" and aggressive nationalism. find common ground among those who are politically and culturally different. this took place in yankee stadium in the bronx. lace in yankee stadium in the bronx. mr. trudeau: this group is true lead diverse -- truly diverse in every possible way. valuablextraordinarily and important. when i graduated in the early 1990's, i went on a trip around the world with a few good friends who actually remained good friends to this day, which is sort of a miracle. [laughter] ed and traveled,
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from europe to africa, to asia. that remains one of the great formative experiences of my life. it was an amazing adventure. [speaking french] [cheers] an important, a really important contributor to my continued, broader education, because it forced me, for the first time as an adult, to meet, engage, befriend people with views and experiences, ideas, values, and language, who were very different -- that would
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very different from my own. , aet the korean fisherman russian veteran of their afghan war, or shopkeeper and his family, interesting conversations, always happen. maybe some of you have talked about doing something like a great trip like that after graduation. i would be willing to bet one of the first things you heard was a warning. "you can't do that in this day and age, it is not safe." but, here's my question. is it really just the issue of physical safety that makes our loved ones so anxious at the idea of us getting out there? or, is it the threat that if we the framesur frame, of our own lives, our own communities, structured values, and believe systems, to truly
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engage with people who believe fundamentally different things, we could perhaps be transformed into someone new, and unfamiliar to those who know and love us. there is no question that today's world is more complex than it was in the mid-1990's. there are serious and important problems that we are grappling with and will continue to grapple with. but, we are not going to arrive at mutual respect, which is where we saw common problems if we cocoon ourselves in an ideological, social, or intellectual bubble. [applause] now, we can see it all around us, a peculiar fascination with our culture today. you see it everywhere on film
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and tv. but, the truth is, under boundless, we have the good fortune to live in a time of tremendous possibility and potential. a time when it is within our grasp to eliminate extreme poverty, and terrible diseases and offer a and tb, real chance at education to everyone on this planet. [applause] but, for us, to move forward, to keep moving forward, we have to do it together. altogether. -- all together. humanity has to fight our tribal mindset. we go to the same church, cool, you are in my tribe. you speak my language, you are in my tribe. you are an nyu alumni, you are in my tribe. [applause]
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you play pokemon go, you are a vegetarian, you like the yankees, you go to the gun range, you are pro-choice, tribe, tribe, tribe. see, it is not that belonging part that is the real problem, the exclusion. you are part of my tribe, they are not. whether it is raise, gender, language, sexual orientation, or religious and ethnic origin, or beliefs and values themselves, diversity doesn't have to be a weakness. it can be our greatest strength. [applause] now, often, people talk about
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striving for tolerance. now, don't get me wrong, there are places in this world that are little more tolerance -- where a little more tolerance would go a long way. but, if we are being honest, right here and right now, i think we can aim a little higher than mere tolerance. [applause] think about it. saying "i tolerate you," actually mean something like, ok, i grudgingly admit you have and, just exist don't get in my face about it and don't date my sister. [laughter] there is not a religion in the world that asks you to tolerate neighbor.or -- thy so let's try something like acceptance, respect, friendship, and yes, even love. [applause]
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why does this matter? aspiration tor relevance in love for our families and our desire to contribute to make this world a better place, despite our differences, we are all the same. [applause] and, when you meet and befriend someone from another country or another culture, who speaks a different language or worships the friendly, -- worships differently, you quickly realize that. here's my main point, and the challenge i am offering you today. differencetion of needs to extend to differences of values and beliefs too. political andudes
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cultural diversity. it includes the diversity of perspectives and approaches to solving problems. see, it is far too easy with social media shaping our interactions to engage only with people with whom we already agree, members of our tribe. well, this world is and must be bigger than that. [applause] so, here's my request. as you go forward from this place, i would like you to make a point of reaching out to people whose beliefs and values differ from your own. i would like you to listen for them, truly listen, and try to understand them, and find that common ground. you have a world of opportunity
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youyour fingertips, but, as move forward from here, understand that just around the corner, a whole different order of learning awaits in which your teachers will come from every everyn in life, education level, every believe system, every lifestyle, and i hope you will embrace that. , you willeen students continue to learn all your lives, but now, it is also time for you to become leaders. [applause] in every generation, leaders emerge because they one day awaken to the realization that it is not up to someone else to fix this problem or take up that pride, it is up to them. now is the time for you to lead.
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leaders, now, i'm sure the word has been tossed around you and at you quite a bit over the past few hours, days, weeks, and years. leaders of tomorrow, leaders of today, but, what does it mean? what attributes does a 21st century leader need to have? what do people need most from their leaders today and tomorrow? think, you need to be brave. really brave. and, i know that when you think of courageous leaders, you think of those folks who stood implacably in fearlessly -- and fearlessly, willing to pitch their ideas against any other on commerce, against the slings and arrows aimed their way.
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well, i don't think that is brave enough. i don't think that is good enough for what our shared futures will ask of you. i actually don't think it is it has ever been good enough. let me tell you a bit about lawyermising young at the end of the 19th century who would my second favorite prime minister. [laughter] he was raised and educated as a proud catholic, french-canadian. an exemplary representative of one side of the two identities that had come together to found canada just a few decades before. the two solitudes, the other half being english speaking protestant and loyal to the british crown, accommodated each
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other, cooperated together, and generally, put up with each other to build our country, but still felt all too well the divisions and fault lines that had led this group through a millennium of tensions and war between english and french. it was impressed upon young wilfred by his teachers and elders that he must stand up unflinchingly for the values and ,he identity of his heritage beliefs and approaches that were his birthright and would be his legacy. that, they told him, was leadership. believe hed grew to is otherwise. he realized it is actually easy fixed, rooted in conviction that you are right, and either wait for others to
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come to you, or wait for your chance to oppose your likeness on others -- impose your likeness on others. he found it is harder to seek compromise, to dig deep into yourself, your ideas, and convictions honestly and rigorously, to see where you can give, and where you do need to stand. yourself tong up the other point of view to seek out and find that common ground. remains wilfred's political legacy, more than 100 years later. herbalyourself be phone to another -- the vulnerable to another point of view. that is what takes true courage. to open your self to another conviction and risk being convinced a little or a lot of
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the validity of their perspective. that is scary. discovering that someone you have disagreed with might have a point. might even be right. but, it shouldn't be scary or threatening. thatcularly to all of you have worked so hard these past years to pursue truth, to learn, to grow. asng open to others gradually led canadians to the understanding that differences can and must be a source of strength, not weakness. gradually, because 20th century canadian history is filled with counterexamples and terrible setbacks that we are still trying to remedy today. most notably, the systemic marginalization of indigenous people. [applause]
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we are not perfect, of course, but that sense of openness, respect for other point of view and acceptance of each other really does underpin our approach as we try to solve the great problems of our time. nice, butcause we are of course, we are. [laughter] but, because by bringing together diverse perspectives, you get a much better shot at meeting those challenges, and that is how we come back to you. and the leaders the world needs you to be. leadership has always been about getting people to act in common cause. we are going to build a new country, we are going to war, we are going to the moon. it usually required convincing or co-worsening a specific group
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.o follow you a different god, they speak a different language, they do not want the same things we do. mosteadership we need today and years to come his leadership that brings people together. [applause] that brings diversity to a common cause. antithesis of polarization, they identity commons that have grown as of late. it has always been easier to divide and unite. but, mostly, it requires true
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current because if you want to bring people around to your way of thinking, you need to first show them that you are open to theirs. that you are willing to enter into a conversation that might change her mind --change your mind. show respect for your point of view and you have a better chance of having them listen to yours. regardless of what happens, you had of had -- you will have , notuine understanding scoring points, and you will be improved for it. clear, this is not an endorsement of moral relativism or declaration that all points of view are valid. female, genital mutilation is wrong, no matter how many
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generations have practiced it. systematic climate change is real, no matter how many folks want to deny it. [applause] but, here's the question. anyou want to get into argument and feel good about how superior you are, or do you actually want to change behaviors and beliefs? [applause] it has been pointed out the many differences between abraham lincoln and jefferson david was that david preferred to win a debate while lincoln would rather win the war. that is the question. ,o you want to win an argument or do you want to change the world? [applause] with malice towards none, and
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charity toward all, let those words of this country's greatest president guide your ambitions, your hope for yourselves, your families, your country, your planet. cynicismno shortage of and selfishness in the world. be there answer, their antidote -- be their answer, their antidote. i am optimistic about the future because of you. it is your future to make and mold, and shape the world. it eagerly awaits and requires your ideas, your initiative, your enterprise, your energy, your passion and compassion, your idealism and your ambition, but remember, that true courage is the essential ingredient and
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all of your efforts. 2018.tulations class of now, go change the world. [applause] announcer: commencement speeches all this week in prime time. thursday, tim cook, john kasich, kate brown, and luis gutierrez. on friday at 8 p.m. eastern, jimmy carter, betsy devos, representative mark meadows, and atlanta mayor kitchell's bottom bonhisha lance bottom --
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