JFK’s Peaceful World

US President John F. Kennedy was a courageous man and an eloquent speaker. In 1963, Kennedy shared the following inspiring words describing humankind’s untapped potential in a commencement speech at the American University:

I have chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived, yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace.

I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children. Not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women. Not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade, therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.

World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor. It requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance. So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable.

Yes!!! Awesome! No wonder JFK was so well loved.

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