World Peace

Let us take a break from technology this Monday. As our world grows more partisan and polarized, I find this speech by President Kennedy in 1963, more relevant than ever.

For those of you in your thirties or younger, it may be difficult to fully appreciate the significance of this talk in that period in history. The world was divided, many people in many countries lived in isolation. The internet did not exist. Television was not accessible to most of the global population. Even in wealthy countries, only a minority had access to television. In 1963, only 36% of Americans relied on television as a source of news rather than the printed newspaper.

In the 1970s, I was studying in Tennessee. My American roommate, a small-town boy with a straight A in mechanical engineering, could not place Russia on the globe, and he was terrified at the mention of the name.

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