Do good for future generations - Angelina Jolie

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October 13, 2017
AP Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie believes that people are defined by what they "stand for".

The 42-year-old actress - who recently admitted that she refused to work with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein after a "bad experience" in her 20s - thinks it is important to embrace the "freedom" we have and to use it to do good for future generations.

She said: "What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better means of communicating, fighting poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment."

She added: "But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you."

Jolie raises six children with estranged husband Brad Pitt.

She wrote in the new issue of America's Harper's Bazaar magazine that her mother, who was part Iroquois Indian, taught her the Iroquois saying that "we should consider the impact of our decisions upon the next seven generations".

"It is hard for us to be that thoughtful, with all the pressures in our lives, but it seems to me to be a beautiful aspiration," she said. "So whoever you are as you read this, I hope that you will join me in taking time today to think about how we can all contribute to making a better future."