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Sunday, September 19, 2010

People in my life: John Guillebaud

Yesterday I got an email from John Guillebaud, Emeritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health at University College, London. He has been a friend for many years after we cooperated on a long-term project dear to our hearts. I might tell you about that later, but not now. Suffice it to say that he is a man of great vision and leadership and he has the interests of the future of humankind at the forefront of his mind and actions on behalf of humanity. He was commiserating on the poor prognosis for me but as usual offering appropriate encouragement in other ways.

Anyway, I just wanted here to quote from him from his signature line on a matter far more important than the life of one mortal on the planet:

“We have not inherited the world from our grandparents, we have borrowed it from our grandchildren."

I like that.


  1. but what I don't like is the thought that our grandchildren may be rightly disgusted at what we've done and not done with what we hand back to them.


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