At the end of World War II young people of the region of Alsace-Lorraine where we have changed nationalities so many times and killed brothers who lived on the other side of the border we decided that this should have an end. Well we had the help of a wonderful local elderly gentleman, Robert Schuman, who had become Minister of Foreign Affairs of France. He established a great friendship with the Prime Minister of Germany, Konrad Adenauer. They decided to launch the idea of a united European countries! This took a long time, but it was finally done as a European Union of fifteen countries. All the borders between them were suppressed.
When Robert Schuman once came to the United Nations I asked him how he came to the decision to suppress all borders in Europe. He told me the following story:
"I was born in a place called the corner of three borders, namely France, Germany and Luxembourg and when I was a kid at Christmas I was given a bicycle. But when I used it I was always running into one of these borders. I decided that if ever in my life I would be given the opportunity to suppress them I would do it. When I became a minister in France I decided to create a European Union in which all borders would be suppressed.
Later ten more countries were accepted as members of the European Union and had to suppress their borders too. We requested the canonization of Robert Schuman as a saint.
We learned on that occasion that he considered that to achieve peace was not the end but had to be reinforced by cooperation and love.
Be optimistic always. Do not let negative thoughts invade you. Pessimism is like a sickness. You must keep it away. A good, healthy human is always optimistic. Health optimism should become a new science, taught in Faculties of Medicine.