Every so often, the level of disharmony that exists in our world becomes too much to bear.
Currently, Australia is debating whether marriage equality should be a thing. Meanwhile, the UK recently endured a string of terrorist related attacks, and the US is still discussing building a wall to keep people out and possibly starting a war with North Korea.
It seems that the more we focus on our differences, the greater the sense of division, separation, and anger.
This isn't a new issue, unique to our generation. Each generation has had to face the same battles in different forms - choosing to unite based on our common humanity or to fight based on our differences.
I was reminded this morning of one the most beautifully written and heart-provoking speeches I've heard. Actually, it was a eulogy that Ted Kennedy wrote for his brother Bobby to mark the values and vision that his brother held dear. Although the eulogy was written nearly 50 years ago, the themes are still relevant today. The first time my Dad played this for me, it brought tears to m eyes.
By inviting you to watch it this eulogy, we're not trying to influence you politically, but rather use this speech as a reminder to us all (in more beautiful words than I could ever muster) that our similarities are more powerful than our differences. And with this reminder in mind, we hope you feel inspired to act with greater love, compassion, and understanding.
If you don't get to listen to it, here are some of our favourite excerpts below.
"But we can perhaps remember -- even if only for a time -- that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek -- as we do -- nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfilment they can."
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
"As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."
May we feel united in our common humanity.