Jan. 5, 2018

Time Warp: The 1960’s

What’s the difference between the 1960’s and now? From what I can tell, it is merely the players involved and the subjects discussed. Wisdom learns from experience. Folly flaunts itself.

I’ve been watching “The Sixties” series On Demand. I must admit that my husband, Tommy, started the series with me. He bailed after the first episode saying the subject matter was “depressing.”

He is right. The subject matter is depressing. Unfortunately, the subject matter feels and looks very familiar. Out of everything shared in the series (so far), President John F. Kennedy’s speech to American University in 1963 brought me the most encouragement despite our similar trials and subsequent downfalls.

I will share a portion of the speech. I will also provide the link in case you, like me, want to read all of it. Ecclesiastes 1:9 biblically confirms what I suspect, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Commencement Address at American University in Washington

June 10, 1963 – “I have, therefore, 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.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. 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.”

In many ways, we are reliving the 1960’s. It will be interesting to see if one President will draw upon the wisdom and success of another, despite his being from a different political party.

Wisdom understands that the size of a hypothetical nuclear button is not nearly as important as the capabilities of our brains and the depth of the compassion in our hearts.

To read the speech in its entirety, please click here.