Do you consider every choice that you make,
and the impact that your choice will have on others?
That's because a lot of our daily choices only affect ourselves.
We are usually on auto pilot when it comes to making daily choices. We often do not think of consequences, unless there is:
What do you do when you are about to make a significant decision that involves dire consequences for others?
Take for Example a Restaurant Choice.
Consider for example the choice to be made about where to go to dinner. You have one of two choices.
1) You can go to a restaurant that you are very familiar with, because you often go there, or
2) You can go to a new restaurant that you have never been to. If you choose to go to a new restaurant, the worst possible thing that can happen is, you don't like the food and or service, and you will never go back.
The good thing is, you have your old familiar restaurant plus thousands of other restaurants that you can go to. No harm done, none received!
What if the choice you are about to make is not about a restaurant, and the choice you have to make will change and alter humanity as we know it in present day terms, possibly forever?
Please consider the following Example of Integrity:
You are the leader of one of the greatest nations in the world. And you have a nuclear crisis with another great nation of the world. Your people see the universe in one way, and your military establishment tells you that your country has nuclear superiority. The other country is upset with your country, because your country and predecessors have been making arbitrary decisions that favors your country's corporate world. Your people don't see it that way, and they provide you numerous references and evidence to indicate the contrary. The crisis heightens and expands, and now the opposing nation starts to install nuclear missiles 90 miles from your coastline. Your top military and intelligence people tell you that their nuclear missiles are not armed, and no need to worry because they can take out all of the bad guys in 72 hours.
As the leader of this great nation, what would you do?
Would you give the go ahead to the military to invade and take out the bad guys, or would you find a way to bridge the differences between yourself and the leader of this other great nation?
Let's consider what is at stake. If you give the military the go ahead to invade and take out the bad guys, you will have an all out war, that will probably involve nuclear missiles. Meaning you will have to kill and destroy millions of people in the other country's homeland, and at some point there will be a similar retaliation by this other country that has known nuclear missiles.
So you see, the above situation is not as simple as going to a restaurant and finding out that you did not like the food and service and you may not return. In this nuclear crisis that I am describing, making the wrong choice will end our humanity as we know it. Kaput! The end of the blue planet, as the aliens refer to our planet. (Please, don't ask me how I know this.)
The above descriptive example is based on a true incident. It is about the Greatest President that the United States of America had in the Twentieth Century, and in my opinion, in all of it's American history.
It is about the 35th President of the United States of America, President John F. Kennedy.
One of President Kennedy's objectives during his U.S. Presidency was "World Peace."
Did he demonstrate his integrity to the world?
(The proof of his Integrity is the fact that you are reading this today, more than 50 years after his murder).
Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The incident is known as the October Missile Crisis of 1962.
Fidel Castro seized revolutionary control in Cuba on January 1st, 1959. Castro aligned himself with the Soviet Union because of the Soviet Totalitarian State System. There was no democracy in the Soviet Union, and the Soviet economy was a dictated economy as the term Totalitarian implies. Castro wanted the same Soviet style regime, because Castro's plan was to remain in forceful control of Cuba, for as long as he lives.
Fidel Castro, is a Dictator and self-proclaimed Leader and President for life of Cuba, since January 1st, 1959. Fidel Castro has now been in the forceful and direct control of Cuba for more than 55 years. His Totalitarian regime in Cuba has outlasted (11) Eleven U.S. Presidents; Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
This style of thinking, acting and governing by Castro, put him on an immediate collision course with the United States since 1959. Castro would also require the immediate support of the Soviet Union to repel any military invasion by the U.S. Armed forces in the early 1960's.
The Soviet Union wanted Cuba, because it was 90 miles south of the continental United States, and if the Soviets installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, they could strategically counter U.S. nuclear missiles in Europe that were pointed at the Soviet Union, and deter any U.S. thoughts of invading Cuba. By the same token, the United States wanted to avoid nuclear missiles in Cuba at all costs.
Cuban freedom fighters in exile with the support of the C.I.A. launched a military invasion to overthrow the recently established Fidel Castro in Cuba. This 1961 invasion was called the "Bay of Pigs". The Cuban freedom fighters were slaughtered on the Cuban beach by Castro military forces. At the last minute, U.S. Air support for the Cuban freedom fighters was withdrawn.
After the Bay of Pigs failed invasion, The Pentagon, C.I.A. and almost all U.S. Military leaders were advising President Kennedy to give the green light to have U.S. armed forces invade Cuba and overthrow Castro. Then on October 14th 1962, U.S. reconnaissance found photographic evidence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. Thus the October Missile Crisis of 1962 officially began.
For 13 days, planet earth was at the brink of total human annihilation. President Kennedy ordered a naval blockade around Cuba, to prevent further Soviet missiles from entering the Island of Cuba.
President Kennedy was also told by the U.S. Military establishment including the C.I.A. that the nuclear missiles in Cuba (that had been photographed) were not active.
All U.S. Military forces were placed on high alert around the world.
Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
President Kennedy was asked by the U.S. Military Generals several times to give the go ahead for U.S. Military intervention of Cuba, and every time, President Kennedy hesitated.
Keep in mind that President Kennedy had been told and reassured by the same U.S. Military Generals and C.I.A. that the Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba were not ready and not active.
President Kennedy refused to go underground into nuclear proof bomb shelters with his family and main cabinet ministers. President Kennedy told the Pentagon and military generals that if there was going to be a nuclear war based on a decision that he had to make, and millions of American people would be killed, then he wanted to be the first to suffer the consequences of his decision, if that would be the outcome.
In my humble opinion, this is the single greatest Example of Integrity that our humanity has experienced.
President Kennedy told the Pentagon, U.S. Military Generals, and the C.I.A. that he had to find a way to "bridge the gap" between Soviet dictator Nikita Kruschev and himself. President Kennedy said that the Russian people were very much like the American people, they had needs and had hope for a better future. President Kennedy's guiding principles were based on Integrity.
President John F. Kennedy did the right thing for all of humanity by not invading Cuba in 1962, and 'bridging the gap' with Premiere Nikita Khrushchev and the Soviet Union.
What do we know today about the October Missile Crisis of 1962?
Soviet officials disclosed on January 29th, 1989 for the first time that in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Soviet nuclear warheads had already been deployed in Cuba and could have been launched at American cities within a few hours.
Given this revelation by Soviet officials, I believe that President Kennedy was blessed with Spiritual Intelligence in having pursued a "Peaceful Solution" to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Consider the facts of what we know today:
If the U.S. had launched a military invasion of Cuba in 1962:
I have no doubt in my mind that Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union would have launched their nuclear missiles in Cuba against the United States mainland.
What do you think?
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