I wholeheartedly appreciate the trust and support of the people, because without it, without the support of the people, we could not resist the onslaught of the corrupt conservatives or achieve (which is the most important thing) the beautiful ideal of continuing to transform the country. We are inspired by our exemplary history in the legacy left to us by our heroes, and in the cultures of deep Mexico, from which they demand the best lessons of work, freedom, justice, democracy, honesty, dignity, and love for others.
In the time that we have (two and a half years to go, a little less), I hope that, as has been the case up until now, with the support of the people, we continue walking towards a welfare state that allows us to eradicate hunger and live free from misery.
We have the task of guaranteeing social security from birth to death, that no one in Mexico is born condemned to poverty, without justice, without a future. May the widest opportunities open up to climb the social ladder through study and work, without abandoning our identity, the pride of our origin, and that the right to happiness become a reality.
I think there are two fundamental things, they continue to promote the revolution of consciences with words and deeds, which is the most effective way to confront the conservative and reactionary thinking of our opponents. And not only for that, so that the conquests of our times become irreversible, so that everything we achieve for the benefit of the people cannot be reversed. And the best guarantee, the best insurance, is a change in the mentality of our people, because the people will be in charge of defending these achievements for their benefit.
And do not forget that material well-being and also the well-being of the soul must be sought, because man does not live by bread alone. There is no doubt that human beings need well-being. We all need to live well, no one can be happy without work, food, health, housing, or any other basic satisfaction. A man in poverty thinks only how to survive before taking up political, scientific, artistic, or spiritual tasks.
Frederick Engels masterfully explained it in his speech at the grave of Karl Marx, arguing that “just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, Marx discovered the law of development of human history." "The fact so simple," according to Engels, "but hidden under the ideological undergrowth that man first of all needs to eat, drink, have a roof over his head, and clothe himself, before he can do politics, science, art, or religion."
But the meaning of life, I maintain, should not be reduced solely to obtaining the material, to what we possess or accumulate. A person without attachment to a code of principles, without attachment to an ideal, to a doctrine, hardly achieves happiness; in some cases he will succeed at all costs and unscrupulously leads to an empty life, an unhappy life.
Hence, the balance between the material and the spiritual should always be sought. Ensure that no one lacks what is essential for survival, and cultivate at the same time, the best feelings, and attitudes towards our fellow men. In short, let us never stop acting with mysticism in our public work, in our political work, nor let us ever put aside humanism and fraternity.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO): President of Mexico.