Speech by ‘The Poorest President in the World’ that Will Make You Think Deeply

The man in the video is “The Poorest President in the World”, José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica – former president of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015.

He was Tupamaros freedom fighter in the 60s and the 70s, he was detained, like a hostage by the dictatorship between 1973 and 1985. He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest. José Mujica will make you question everything about your role in this world.

To succeed in your professional life isn’t that hard, but to succeed in your personal life is a lot harder. To really be a human is a lot harder. We forget about that.

These are the words of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, director of the film Human, from which the video below was taken.

Here is just a part of the speech by ‘The Poorest President in the World’, worth hearing:

This is what I discovered: Either you’re happy with very little, free of all that extra luggage because you have happiness inside, or you don’t get anywhere! I’m not advocating poverty. I’m advocating sobriety.

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When I buy something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it is pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.

Fighting, dreaming, being down on the ground, confronting reality, that’s what gives meaning to existence, to the lives we lead.

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But this is what I want to make people understand: You can always pick yourself up again. It’s always worth it starting from zero again, once, or a thousand times, as long as you’re still alive. That’s the biggest lesson in life. In other words, you’re not defeated until you give up the fight. You give up the fight by giving up the dream.

I see life as the road that lies ahead. What counts is tomorrow.

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