US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles A Ray on Tuesday night launched his ninth book, Where You Come From Matters Less Than Where You Are Going, at The Mannenberg in Harare.
Ambassador Ray expressed hope that the book, a collection of essays on leadership, life and lessons learnt, will inspire young people to be relevant to their country.
“For you young people, the current and future leaders of Zimbabwe, I hope that this book will encourage, exhort and inspire you as you press on in the goals that you have for both yourself and your country,” he said.
He added that it was his hope that the book would remind young Zimbabweans about the most important things in life and how to achieve them.
“I also hope that it serves as a reminder to you of the things that matter most in life, not what you do, but how you go about doing it; not who you say you are, but who you are when no one else is watching; not where you come from, but where you are going,” he said.
The Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Senator David Coltart, said the release of the book was welcome as it will enable people to understand what made ambassadors tick.
He said: “Often ambassadors are reserved and it is hard for Zimbabweans to fully understand what makes them tick. Ambassador Ray through his writings has revealed a person who cares very deeply about the human condition and about many of the issues which confront us in Zimbabwe.”
Coltart added that the ambassador showed that the problems he touched on were not unique to Zimbabwe.
The book is a collection of 21 short essays written by the diplomat this year. Each essay is followed by questions or quotes meant to provoke discussion and debate on the issue.
The wide range of topics explored in the book includes: the “Importance of Core Values”, “What is Justice?”, “To Serve and Protect and Citizen Participation Leads to Good Governance”.
Many of the essays have already been published in local media as opinion pieces or letters to the editor.
The book was published by the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and will be distributed at no cost to youth groups, libraries, schools and interested readers.