PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING
The coming peace with the Soviet Union is supposed to be
one of complete understanding. The only problem with achieving that blissful
state is that neither nation seems to know exactly what the word peace means.
It was once defined as - The hectic interval between two wars. when both sides
are struggling to recover from the wounds of the last, and at the same time are
working desperately to develop weapons that will make the next war even more
destructive. This definition of the word was given only to show that most
people think of peace only as the absence of war. Of course, this is the first
definition that is given in most of our dictionaries, but there are many other
aspects of the word which are also given: "public quiet," order,
security and freedom from disturbance. The synonyms are harmony, concord,
amity, reconciliation, tranquility and serenity.
A careful consideration of the definitions and the
synonyms will indicate that peace is not so much a state of the nation, as it
is a state of mind.
Appeals to the world for peace are only as effective as
their appeal to the individual mind and conscience of man, for it is within the
mind and conscience of man that peace must be born.
Amity, tranquility and serenity can only be achieved
through successful living, and successful living requires a continuing
compromise between man and his fellowman, as well as between state and state. It
must, however, be a true compromise and not a complete surrender by either party.
Surrender implies a victor and a vanquished. The
vanquished is unlikely to feel either amity or serenity, and the victor will be
incited to even greater demands.
Successful compromise results from true understanding, and
so we see that Peace Through Understanding is more than a mere motto or a catch
The supreme issue in every age, in every place, is, always
has been, and always has been, and forever will be, peace and understanding.
What is peace? And what is understanding? The two are mutually inter-connected.
There can be no peace without understanding, and there can be no understanding
Understanding is the very foundation of peace, both in the
minds of men and in the state of the nation or of the world
Daniel W. Fry
DON'T LET THE KIDS HEROS SMOKE
This month your editor has the real privilege of sharing
the newsletter with two energetic and dedicated men who have undertaken a
difficult but most desirable task of getting the portrayal of tobacco smoking
banned in children's comic books. It is a project which should be almost
universally applauded, because even those parents who themselves smoke usually
do not wish their children to begin, and it is well known that the comic book
hero is a role model for many a child, and so should live as clean a life as
On the reverse side are shown a few people who agree with
them. They have received many more letters of approval, but we have room for
only a few. As you will see from the letters of approval, the names of the two
campaigners are Mr. T. Casey Brennan, an ex writer of comic book scripts, who
set out about six years ago to de-glamorize smoking by taking it out of the
hands of the "good guys".
The other man who is whole-heartedly assisting in the
project is Mr. Neil Staebler, Room 308, 202 East Washington St, Ann Arbor, Mich.
HENRY A. KISSINGER
August 6, 1987
Dear Mr. Staebler:
Thank you for the material on Mr. Brennan's campaign to
stop having smoking portrayed in children's comic books. I will see what I can
do to bring this to Harvard's attention, and in the meantime wish Mr. Brennan
all the best in his efforts.
Every good wish,
Henry A. Kissinger
202 East Washington
Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
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Neil Staebler, 11 August 1987,
202 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 USA.
Dear Mr. Staebler
Thank you for your letter of July 29.
I wish Mr Brennan luck with his campaign - somewhere in
one of my books I remarked that I sometimes think that the only crime that
merits the death penalty is tobacco peddling; unfortunately I can't find the
Here's an item that arrived in today's mail which may also
All good wishes,