‘Imagine Everyone On This Planet Is Your Equal'
Direction Magazine|April 2021
David Beasley, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN World Food Programme, reveals the words his work is founded on
David Beasley

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 has been awarded to the World Food Programme – and it’s all based on the command of Jesus, says Executive Director and committed Christian, David Beasley.

The award was made in honour of World Food Programme’s contribution to tackling global hunger in 2020 in the midst of continued conflict, famine and the Covid-19 pandemic. In his acceptance speech Beasley shared his inspiration from the teachings of Jesus to love your neighbour.

“From a very young age, I learned from Jesus of Nazareth, as he taught from the Torah: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ I have come to understand that a better translation of what Jesus actually said is: ‘Love your neighbour as your equal.’

“Think for a moment what that really means. Imagine every woman, man, girl and boy we share this planet with is our equal.”

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