“I want to thank our negotiating partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, as well as the European Union — for our unity in this effort, which showed that the world can do remarkable things when we share a vision of peacefully addressing conflicts. We showed what we can do when we do not split apart.”

This is one paragraph from Obama’s Statement on Iran that really resonated with me.

“The Old Fool” writing from Greencroft Assisted Living

President Obama quoted President Kennedy, who stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

A post today from “The Old Fool” really got me to thinking. Martin is now in Assisted Living at Greencroft in Goshen, Indiana. But his words resonate loud and clear to an audience that is tired of the division we have used to draw lines between people, between states and nations.

The more we think of “the other” as neighbor, like ourselves, the more we can begin to understand all the perspectives that set nations one against another, and begin to heal, and join, and erase boundaries.

IN THIS DAY AND AGE we need to be thinking deeply about how to erase boundaries, how to live as one people on planet earth, how to seek what we have in common rather than what differentiates.

We are one people on a single planet, this Earth we call home. It is high time we come to see that we are all in this one existance together, and learn to understand each other and live together with as much harmony as we can muster. Why? Because after all, we may not be the species that survives on this planet. Something more compatible with the frailties of this planet may emerge and take our place, and no bickering amongst ourselves will stop that evolution, if we cannot find a better way to coexist.

I for one applaude the President’s efforts to bring nations together to agree on how to coexist, without destroying one another. And it gives me hope that we humans have a future here on planet Earth.

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