In the Final Analysis takes its inspiration from various speeches given by both John and Robert Kennedy. The composer was moved by the Kennedys’ idea of a strong, diverse, and cooperative society. John Kennedy’s commencement speech at the American University in 1963 was especially inspirational and the piece takes its title from the following passage:
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.