Words of Wisdom: Universal Human Values

A passion for justice, the quest for equality, a respect for tolerance, a dedication to human dignity – these are universal human values which are broadly shared across divisions of class, race, language, faith and geography. They constitute what classical philosophers – in the East and West alike – have described as human “virtue” – not merely the absence of negative restraints on individual freedom, but also a set of positive responsibilities, moral disciplines which prevent liberty from turning into license.

–Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the graduation ceremony at the School of International and Public Affairs, USA. New York, USA (15 May 2006)

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His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Commencement Address, at the Riverside Church, New York. AKDN / Zahur Ramji
His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Commencement Address, at the Riverside Church, New York. AKDN / Zahur Ramji
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