We have to become very self-assured about putting values in front. In the seventies and a good part of the eighties, people who expressed opinions based on the idealistic values they felt were put into a corner and told not to be naive because the world was a very practical and concrete place driven by efficiency. It was even that if you chose to work in a value-oriented space, or voluntarily, it was because you were a failure in private enterprise. We have to respond and defend certain words that were removed from the dictionary, like solidarity, fraternity, beliefs, care and love. We have to be practical idealists. When you dream alone, the dream stays a dream. When you dream together, reality begins.
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