Дълго се главоблъсках как да преведа темата на филма. Уви, излиза че трябва да се интерпретира, защото на български би звучала нелепо, клиширано или просто смешно. Филмът си заслужава, а още повече речта на Кенеди, върху която се води дискусията.

Пълната реч за гражданските отговорности тук .

Долу няколко от най-важните послания – в оригинал:

…All Americans must be responsible citizens, but some must be more responsible than others, by virtue of their public or their private position, their role in the family or community, their prospects for the future, or their legacy from the past…

… But the educated citizen knows how much more there is to know. He knows that „knowledge is power,“ more so today than ever before. He knows that only an educated and informed people will be a free people, that the ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all, and that if we can, as Jefferson put it, „enlighten the people generally … tyranny and the oppressions of mind and body will vanish, like evil spirits at the dawn of day.“…

…Secondly, the educated citizen has an obligation to serve the public. He may be a precinct worker or President. He may give his talents at the courthouse, the State house, the White House. He may be a civil servant or a Senator, a candidate or a campaign worker, a winner or a loser. But he must be a participant and not a spectator…

… I would hope that all educated citizens would fulfill this obligation–in politics, in Government, here in Nashville, here in this State, in the Peace Corps, in the Foreign Service, in the Government Service, in the Tennessee Valley, in the world. You will find the pressures greater than the pay. You may endure more public attacks than support. But you will have the unequaled satisfaction of knowing that your character and talent are contributing to the direction and success of this free society…

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