This address discusses the work of John Hume who has spoken movingly of the dream of creating a new Ireland free from the divisions that had polarized the island for centuries - a country that would take to heart the motto inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States: "E Pluribus Unum." Throughout it all, John Hume has hewed to the principles that have guided his path for over three decades - that peace must be built on a foundation of respect for all. "The real division in Ireland is not the line in the map that we call partition," says John Hume. "That line in the map simply institutionalized a division that has existed for centuries in the hearts and minds of the Irish people. That is where the real border in Ireland lies - in the hearts and minds of the people." When those borders finally come down and a new nation is created by hearts and minds reaching across the old divides, John Hume will surely be known as the architect of peace.
Joseph P. Kennedy II,
Preface: John Hume: The Architect of Peace,
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