Hugh Person


Okay, so JFK was speaking about the Soviets and the Cold War, but the overall message, even within this context, was about a greater mutual acceptance within our global family. This was at the height also of the Civil Rights movement, and once again we are addressing the basic civil rights deserved by all. The pursuit of happiness embraces the right to love as one chooses, or perhaps more correctly, to enjoy what Love has chosen for us.

“So let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and 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 breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”

~ from the commencement address to American University, June 10, 1963