United in Diversity
It is hard to imagine that for the greatest part of our history, Europe was at near constant war. Such stark contrast to the beautiful, united continent that exists now. None of that would have been possible without the uniting effects of the European Union and its partner organizations.
The European Union is our greatest attempt at overcoming differences between diverse groups to achieve political, economic, and fiscal integration. A first step towards a unified world government that recognizes the same rights for all sentient beings.
The withdrawal of a once powerful nation from the ideals of the union is altogether unfortunate. It highlights the challenges of integration. The fact that so many nations have made the union work shows us that it is possible to work together and prosper collectively.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy