Knights of the Pain Table

A Camelot for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

John F. Kennedy Speech to the United Nations Seeks Peace Within

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“But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone. If we all can persevere, if we can in every land and office, look beyond our own shores and ambitions, then surely the age will dawn in which the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.”

~ Speech to the United Nations by President John F. Kennedy September 25, 1961

President John F. Kennedy, in this address before the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York city, is speaking of the relationship between nations and the struggle to find peace in the world. In reading these words, though, one can find a universal truth. Our world within is a microcosm of the world around us and the universe. What happens in the universe also happens within us.

For those who suffer chronic pain finding peace is a struggle each day. Every hour this opponent, named pain, strikes us down, even when all you beg for is peace. It seems one lives in a darker place and that with each blow you are pushed closer to the final abyss. Blinded by the pain, we cannot see those who stand beside us, which weakens our wounded heart.

Like world affairs, we can begin to feel helpless and apathetic and feel like our voice cannot be heard. Our darker thoughts are like grenades that sneak in and then leave carnage in our emotions behind.

John F. Kennedy, it is interesting to note, suffered with chronic pain and other ailments. When he was President he took up to eight medications each day, according to a New York Times report. Perhaps his suffering deepened his character and that is why he is still spoken of with such great respect.

This great orator speaks of perseverance during these dark times. One must be strong and guard one’s mind and heart from any negative influence that comes from our thoughts.

When one is in a dark battle, it never seems as bad if there is someone by our side. It is tragic to fight or die alone. In Camelot you are not alone, as the Knights of the Pain Table and King Arthur ride with thee. We do understand this constant strife within.

Surely the age will dawn in and we will find the peace. John F. Kennedy’s words reach out now and they did then. We thanketh President Kennedy.

As the night glimmers, know you are not alone. Keep well.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Knights of the Pain Table

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