ARE WE PREPARED? (FOR PEACE?)
When the last world war had ground its way to its bloody
conclusion, the United States had become, by far, the greatest military power
in the world. Immediately after the close of this conflict however, our armed
forces mostly at the insistence of our people; began a program of self
dissolution unmatched in history. We felt that the war was over and there was
no logical reason to maintain a state of preparedness. We began to beat our
swords into plowshares, at a rate that no other nation would have dreamed of
following. Within a few years we had reduced ourselves to virtual military
impotence. When the "Korean Police Action," was undertaken, we
suddenly awoke to the fact that we had become, in fact, a third or fourth class
military power. We also awoke to the fact that, once again the grim spectre of
world war was beginning to shake its mailed fist in our faces.
For the second time we entered upon an all out race for
armaments. That race is still going on. In our constant search for more and
more powerful weapons, we have been so successful that we now have the means to
destroy utterly, any enemy or combination of enemies that might array itself
against us. There are two facts however, which detract from any satisfaction we
might otherwise feel at this accomplishment. First, We cannot not use these
weapons to their fullest extent without destroying ourselves, and the rest
the world, in the process. In the second place, our potential enemy has
remained neck and neck with us in the arms race, some say he is ahead, in any
event, he also has the power to destroy us along with himself and the rest
of the world. Fortunately for all of us, the leaders of both sides are
we aware of the fact that neither side can hope to win, or even survive
a full scale nuclear exchange. We can be quite sure that neither side is
presently planning to launch nuclear war upon the other. Because both sides are
so completely prepared for instant retaliation, however, there is always the
danger that war could come about by accident or misunderstanding, but, aside
from this possibility, we may expect to have peace. True, it will be a peace
which, for a number of years, will be marred by the sabre rattling of would-be
power politicians, local conflicts between small nations which need not fear
nuclear retaliation, and criminal acts by terrorist groups who give allegience
to no nation, not even their own. Nevertheless, it will be a peace which will
move ever nearer to the ideal human relationship that every intelligent human
cherishes in their heart.
The common people of the world have indeed been ready for
peace for a long time and, with enough persistant persuasion, even the leaders
can be persuaded to see the logic of the peoples wishes! The prospect of peace,
however, gives rise to a rather serious and disturbing question. We are so
completely and fully prepared for war, that war has become unlikely, but how
well are we prepared for peace? Suppose, for example, that the Soviet
Government should suddenly announce that free elections were to be held in all satelite
states, that it was beginning an extensive program of unilateral disarmament,
including all nuclear weapons, that all restrictions on
emigration were being removed, and that all international disagreements
would be submitted to the United Nations for arbitration! (This is of course,
a situation that is very difficult even to imagine, but just suppose for a
moment, that it had actually occurred!) Consider the terrible impact the
announcement would make on our war inspired, war geared, and war supported
economy! Hundreds of thousands of persons would suddenly find themselves
unemployed and with no hope of finding similar jobs. The Gross National Product
would fall abruptly to a point where we could no longer meet the 100 billion
dollar interest payment on our staggering national debt. We might find our
national economy collapsing into the greatest and deepest depression in all
history. (This may be an exageration of the danger, but the problem does exist)
We have spent decades of our time and trillions of our dollars in a tremendous
and continuing effort to prepare for war. Is it too much to ask that we now
make a little greater effort to prepare for PEACE?
(signed Daniel W. Fry)
Remember me? I'm the gal who was NOT going to write
a Nov. Newsletter because I'd be packing in the little house, so a contractor
could get in work. (Do you suppose I ever will?) Instead, we packed our
clothes and many books (that Dr. Fry wrote) and went lecturing across the many
miles to Dallas, in some of the WORST weather known to humans. Rain on
the car roof was not 'falling gently' but drumming hard, and wiper
blades doing THEIR best! Visibility was often down to 20 feet,
and fog down to the pavement as it surrounded us! Frightening? You Bet!!
Horrendous, describes having to drive through water as deep as our headlights,
and nothing to gauge by - like a curbing, as all was under deep
water! Two or three blocks of THAT seemed an eternity - and - once out of it,
no brakes! I do all driving and I assure you that all of this I
could do without!! We saw cars in ditches, cars wrecked, cars mired in
mud, and thanked God we were none of these! How could we be? Our guardian Angel
rides along on these trips and we were safe.
We did arrive in Dallas on Friday night, an hour or so
before the lecture on 'The Many Varities of Energy' was to begin. All went
well including making a special contact with a brilliant young man who shares our
beliefs and hopes for this planet which is our HOME. On Saturday
night, to another Dallas location to lecture at 5 P.M. on Atlantean Fire
Crystals. A catered dinner was served at 6:30 (Foods of India) and at 8:00 P.M. The lecture began on 'The Area of Mutual Agreement'- ending at 10:30 P.M. I sell the books that Dr. Fry has written, and many were sold.
Earlier, Dr. Fry had been a guest at a special
luncheon in the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, with a group of rare scientists,
meanwhile, I was with my fine 6'4" son who is in business in Dallas. He
drove me to three places he'd selected, to see fur coats, as I cannot
take bitter cold weather which we face soon! At the third, and
most respected place for 67 years, I found exactly what I wanted and needed.
Early Sunday we left Dallas for Houston, Texas, to lecture
there that night on 'Atlantean Fire Crystals' and the next night
(Monday) on ‘To Men of Earth' as the rains POURED outside, books sold
Tuesday A.M. we headed for home - driving hard - making it
from Houston to Fort Stockton, in one l-o-n-g day! Wednesday, on to El
Paso. Tex. for some sleep and an 8:00 A.M. appointment Thursday. Then
on to Phoenix, Arizona, to sleep and be at a 1:30 appointment on Friday! (Slept
Friday night in Phoenix.) On Saturday A.M. we headed HOME - sleeping
overnight in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and arriving home Sunday afternoon, very
weary from work and the almost 3,000 mile journey.
It is now Saturday, Nov. 2nd, and we leave again
Monday, Nov. 4th for another 3,000 mile trip Northward:- into the cold!!
But - this time on Amtrak trains so we can read and relax
along the way! Yes, we do travel by plane, but one cannot carry cartons
of BOOKS (that Dr. Fry has written) on planes, and they do sell well and
Thoughts along the way: What would the world be like if
PEACE broke EXPECT a miracle - then ACCEPT a miracle. Eons ago, Goethe said, "Whatever
you can do, or dream, you can begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in
Cleona Q. Fry, Nat’l Treas.
World Understanding, Inc.
P.O. Box 614
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Dear Lord I need Your help today.
I walk along a rocky way,
And this would be a barren land.
Without Your love. Your helping hand
Whatever yesterday has cost,
It is TODAY that matters most.
The truth remaining in it all,
Is that we stand with Thee, or fall.
I need the strength that You can give. Each single
moment that I live,
Stay by my side for I can see.
That I am nothing without Thee.
Though yesterday is gone and I
May never see tomorrow,
And at its longest, life is short.
And holds its share of sorrow
What blessed joy each time I find,
That every new TODAY ... is mine.
I LOVE YOU
This card is sent to you as a part of a "Tell
Someone You Love Them" campaign. It is meant to counteract some of the
hatred in the world that is so often expressed in bitter words and acts of
violence. Why should we deny others the love which they crave so deeply? Let
us learn to give love generously, to express love honestly and to receive
love graciously. The condition of the world may very well be the sum total of
the love and hatred that exists in it. I am expressing my love for you to
help change the balance to a more loving world.