Exploration is the driving force behind humankind. We have been exploring since the dawn of time, because it is at the centre of everything we do. From birth, we learn through experience and we can make better decisions tomorrow from the information we have unearthed today.
Everything we know today has been the result of explorers who have gone before us. Exploring is to travel through the unknown to learn or discover new information. Discoveries in geography, medicine, space, flora and fauna, that have changed the world for the better, are but a few of the riches of exploration.
Today, society seeks riches of other kinds. Equality of race and gender, alleviation of poverty, advances in health and education, tolerance and peace and preservation of the environment among them. Discoveries in the modern world will come; but only if we seek them and we are prepared to embark on uncovering the source of today’s unknowns.
Real exploration cannot be done through a screen or second-hand; true perspective must be obtained first-hand as primary evidence. The great explorers and creators of history have known this and it remains the same today.
If the leaders of tomorrow are inspired to explore, understand how the world fits together and how they fit within it, our global community will be all the richer for the decisions they will make toward a better world.
This is the essence of Kate’s Graduation Address (March 2016). To read the full Honorary Doctorate speech CLICK HERE