While much of the work done by governments is aimed at improving the security and prosperity of their citizens, everyone once and a while they hit on idea that inspires the world to live more peacefully and harmoniously. The U.S. was recently reminded of this, as the Peace Corps marked its 50th anniversary.
President John F. Kennedy signed a bill on March 1, 1961signed a bill that created the Peace Corps. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have worked in all corners of the globe in an effort to bring relief to struggling populations.
"On this anniversary, we honor the men and women from across the country who have carried forward our Nation's finest tradition of service, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the dream and continuing the work of all those who aspire and yearn for peace," President Barack Obama said in a proclamation on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.
This is the type of effort that Ilchi Lee says will make a difference in the world's pursuit of peace. When individuals leave behind their national identities to help those from other cultures, they begin living as true Earth Citizens who have compassion for all their fellow humans.