Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fifty years ago today . . .

Fifty years ago today, John F. Kennedy, gave his inaugural address. A month and 4 days later, I would be born. And I was named after his wife, Jacqueline. Here is a link to the text version of his inaugural address:

This is the world into which I was born. This is the world which the baby boom generation grew up in. I am part of that generation - part of the latter end of that generation, but part of it none the less. We have helped to shape the world we live in today. And it is a different world than the one our parents gave us. We looked around at the world they gave us, and some of those things we saw and kept. And some of those things we chose to change.

But as times change, yet in ways they still stay the same. If Kennedy were being inaugurated today, then the words he spoke 50 years ago would still be applicable to today's generation and today's world. With few changes, if any. So let us reread those words of his anew, and apply them to our world of today. Let us put them in our mind and heart, and move forth into our world and see how we can make it a better place; and not a worse one.

== jd ==

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