Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017

"One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute | Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017 | Quote of the Week | Peacebuilding | War on Poverty


One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars

One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars

In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave an Address to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. In it, he made the point that human beings yearn deeply for three seemingly contradictory things: independence, unity, and transcendence. He spoke eloquently about how all of these yearnings work together and how they have impacted our history. He also stressed that building peace and ending poverty would allow us to fulfill these deep yearnings, so that we could live freely while acknowledging our fundamental interconnectedness. To illustrate these powerful points, he used a poetic metaphor for the world as a lifeboat in a sea of stars, which we have chosen as our Quote of the Week.

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