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Greg Mortenson

Best-Selling Author, Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson: When I first came back to the country of my birth, I was 15. I hadn't spent any time here. And so my first hour in high school, I got beaten up, and the kids put a garbage can over my head, and they started hitting me. And it was because I said, "I'm an African." And it was, as I mentioned, there was confusion about that. And it was very devastating. I wanted to run back to Africa, which I thought was my home at the time. But when I joined -- we were completely broke -- I was 17 years old, four days after high school. I joined the U.S. Army in '75. And it wasn't a popular time to go into the Army. It was right after the Vietnam War. And actually, it was in the Army where I met men and women from all across America, from the inner city, from ranches, from farms, from rural areas and urban areas and blacks and people of Hispanic descent. And I realized that this is a great country. And I saw people coming together. I also saw that there was dissension in the upper ranks about what happened in Vietnam. And that being an American, it's okay to be a patriot. I still get goose bumps when I sing the national anthem. But at the same time, I feel that it's very important that when we feel that our country is doing something, like in Iraq or something, that we can stand up and voice our opinion. And also to listen to the people.
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Greg Mortenson

Best-Selling Author, Three Cups of Tea

To be an American also is to be able to dream the ultimate dreams. This country is still the greatest place on earth. If somebody who can come from nowhere and be not afraid to have the biggest dream you could try and fulfill, and it could happen. It's also I think a country that we need to -- America really is not so much about being American, but we are a global community. We've come from all over the world, including the natives who first lived here. So we are pretty much a microcosm of the global community. And when we think of ourselves as Americans, I think it's important that we see ourselves as part of the whole global community. I think we also need to export our good values that we have as Americans. We are people of great generosity. We're people of courage. We're people of compassion. That's what people think of individual Americans as. We have that value. And I think when we're looking at policy, ultimately politics isn't going to change the world. It's people who are going to change the world. And it starts building relationships one at a time.
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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

It started of course with rediscovering America and the frontier. And wide open spaces and pushing on out there to new territories and exploration, up and down. Exploration, it's just going beyond. It's going from the known to the unknown, the familiar to the unfamiliar. Getting out of the comfortable path. Just pushing on, I think that's what exploration is all about. Just going beyond the point at which you are now. Whether it's physically taking a body out there, or pressing on to new realms of science, or new realms of human performance, such as the arts, or athletics.
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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

Story Musgrave: We have been a frontier culture. We were born out of exploration, we were born out of adventure. We were born out of the plains and the mountains. We've been a very physical kind of culture. And so, if you look at adventure, if you look at exploration, if you look at immersion in nature, a physical culture, and all those things, you can see directly how space flight relates to the way America has been born and how it evolved.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

Ralph Nader: A good citizen is not just a person who votes all the time. A good citizen works between elections to take on an injustice, or participate in a local, state, or national institutions. Whether it's the schools, or the town meetings, or whether it's a national citizen group to reform government or improve the campaign finance mess -- there are roles for citizens.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

The Constitution is not just a parchment to be saluted on the Fourth of July. It's a document that gives you living rights and responsibilities which we should take hold of. Because democracy is like a coral reef; it's built up little by little by little. You look at it, and it looks so beautiful, but the reverse is true, too. It deteriorates little by little. When you don't stand up to someone who is abridging your rights, when you don't report someone who is violating the norms or the laws of the community -- and I'm not just talking about burglaries or vandalism, I'm talking about someone who basically coerces people against their Constitutional rights -- if you don't do that, next time, more of these misbehaving people are going to say, "We can get away with it. We got away with it last month, we can move even deeper into eroding people's rights." So it's important for young people to grow up learning their rights because if you don't know your rights, how are you going to use your rights? As my parents said, "If you don't use your rights, you are eventually going to lose your rights."
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