Lord David Trimble received the Nobel Peace Prize with John Hume in 1998 for their efforts to bring a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Listen as Lord Trimble discusses his methodical approach to revolutionary change:
“A less dramatic perhaps form of approach, but yet one that is absolutely essential, doesn't mean that you don't have principles that guide you and goals that you're working towards, but it does mean that you focus on what is practicable and what is realizable and that you have some respect for the medium with which you are working, which is other people and other particular situations, and you don't assume that you can remold humanity or change situations by dramatic gestures.
So the painstaking, methodical approach of the lawyer is, I think, actually a desirable thing, in life generally and particularly in political life, where people can quite often succumb to ideological views and to the belief that it is possible easily to produce revolutionary change, when, in fact, it's not.”
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