When I was a young boy, I could not envision a time when our nation was at war with itself. However, in the current atmosphere of political animosity it is becoming more apparent how the desire to win, trumps the common good. Consequently, I found myself moved to tears when I read this excerpt from President Kennedy’s 1963 speech at American University. I am excited by anything that inspires a spirit of collaboration between nations, within family systems and inside the human heart.
“So let us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breath the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures.
And we are all mortal”
~President John F. Kennedy, American University 1963