Speaking about education at Northwestern University in Chicago, Sargent Shriver made the point that introducing students to world cultures could revolutionize the way we think about each other. That revolution could eventually transform our leadership style at the national level, allowing us to lead from a place of "knowledge and love" -- which was much more powerful than leading from "fear and hate." This is a timely quote to meditate on and share as we approach Valentine's Day in 2018.
It is important to remember that Sargent Shriver was the head of both the Chicago Board of Education and the Catholic Interracial Council at the time he gave this speech. Equally evident in these words is Sargent Shriver's deep Catholic faith, which guided him throughout his life. All of these factors influenced his words here, and continued to influence him as he evolved as a political leader and diplomat. From his tenure with the Peace Corps, to his leadership in the War on Poverty, to his time as US Ambassador to France, and beyond, Sarge's strong valuing of inclusiveness, faith, and love are always apparent.