There Was A Time When We Cared
I know it is difficult these days to remember a time when as a country we cared about what happened in the rest of the world. Eighty years ago when Hitler kidnapped the German people in an idealistic stranglehold and started to march across Europe the United States came to the aid of our European Allies.
I’m the first to admit there was a motive of self-interest: 1) A German Europe would have not have been in the best interest of North America. 2) The United Kingdom, France and Western Europe had been identified as our allies since World War I. 3) We have a common heritage as a people tracing our family trees back to Europe. When it looked like England was failing, we stepped up to support the international effort with men and materials.
What we see in hindsight is that this entrance onto the world stage was good for the United States. Through this new interaction with the rest of the world, we became a more tolerant, educated, enlightened and compassionate people.
Peace and growth are also good for our economy and while the rest of the world prospered from the end of war, so did we.
By taking the time and the effort to travel we learn about other people and the issues in their lives. We see new ways of approaching common problems and different methods of developing solutions.
We discover that even though there are differences in language, culture, approach and attitude, the problems facing people around the world are very similar to ours. The same needs and the desires of people everywhere are safety, security, peace and opportunity.
As we look beyond the differences, we see that in many ways we are the same.
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