A fundamental law of life gears my personal welfare with the welfare of mankind. I can move onward and upward only with the progress of humanity. Thus, self-interest of itself, if I can command no higher motive, demands that I aid my fellow man. But to help him, I must know him. Only with understanding can I trust and respect him and grant him tolerance. With understanding, I do not blame his offenses on his race or his creed or his color, remembering that I, and men of my race, creed, and color, also fall short and offend.
I must recognize that the desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, of all our people—of all people the world over—is no less valid than mine. How wise our Founding Fathers were in saying “the pursuit of happiness,” rather than happiness itself, because only