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Daemon
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So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
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He wasn't perfect, he made some questionable decisions... But a great loss nonetheless.
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Context from : COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 10, 1963
President John F. Kennedy



Second: Let us reexamine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write. It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on Military Strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims--such as the allegation that "American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars . . . that there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union . . . [and that] the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries . . . [and] to achieve world domination . . . by means of aggressive wars."

Truly, as it was written long ago: "The wicked flee when no man pursueth." Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements--to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning--a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements--in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.

Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation's territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland--a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

Today, should total war ever break out again--no matter how--our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the cold war, which brings burdens and dangers to so many nations, including this Nation's closest allies--our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter weapons.

In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours--and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

So, let us not be blind to our differences--but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to 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 future. And we are all mortal.

Read more: https://www.jfklibrary.org/archives/other-resources/john-f-kennedy-speeches/american-university-19630610

Adyl Mouhei
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This is true for nations as well as for individuals. If we can manage to establish an optimum balance by resolving our differences and promoting our common interests then we will be able to develop that healthy equilibrium.
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President John F. Kennedy was probably strong a devoted follower of the concept called as "tunnel vision". The "tunnel vision" usually is understood as a compendium of common speculative formulations serving as a guide in the investigation and logical fallacies. These speculative formulations and logical fallacies lead people to focus on a suspect, select and filter the evidence that will 'build a case' for conviction. The biggest flaw in the thinking called as "tunnel vision" is that it ignores or suppresses evidence that points away from guilt.

This process which seems to be so much favored by President John F. Kennedy leads investigators, prosecutors, judges, and (I don't know do I write it proper - experienced/inexperienced defence lawyers) alike to focus on a particular conclusion and then filter all evidence in a case through the lens provided by that conclusion.

Through that filter, all information supporting the adopted conclusion is elevated in significance, viewed as consistent with the other evidence, and deemed relevant and probative.

Evidence inconsistent with the chosen theory is easily overlooked or dismissed as irrelevant, incredible, or unreliable.

For example, purposefully wrongful/mistaken eyewitness identifications - the most frequent single cause of wrongful convictions - can convince investigators early in a case that a particular individual is the criminal. Convinced of guilt, investigators might then set out to obtain confession from that suspect, producing apparently inculpatory reactions or statements from the suspect, or leading investigators to interpret innocent responses as inculpatory.

(howgh)

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Emel Rapchan
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We all leave in a world of balance. Set the measure and one will be measured by this. It's the focus in finding ways to connect other than disconnect in Kenedy's speech.
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So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.
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Daemon wrote:
So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Yeah. So, let us not be blind to our differences - and deaf to our commonness... Where do we start?
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C185445 wrote:
He wasn't perfect, he made some questionable decisions... But a great loss nonetheless.


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