THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE
Every new year begins with a celebration, and with the
hone that this year will be better than the last. Some years justify the hopes
with which they are met, most of them do not. The year 1988 however, is one
that should be watched with interest and concern as well as hope, since it may
prove to be one of the most significant and memorable years in modern history.
There is just a chance that this may be the year in which world leaders (at
least the more intelligent ones) may decide that it is time to leave the old,
arrogant, self-serving political format that leads only to repeated warfare,
and to ultimate extermination, and try instead, the tolerant, cooperative
approach that is more likely to lead to permanent peace. It is, however, a road
that, if taken, will not be an easy one for the leaders. While there is little
doubt that Reagan and Gorbachev can get along together, there is no certainty
that the U.S. Congress and the Politburo will do the same.
The first step in rapprochement must, of course be the
achievement of a better understanding, and perhaps, even a little bit of trust
between the two countries. This would not be a great problem insofar as the
common people of Russia are concerned. In spite of half a century of Kremlin
propaganda and the general name calling by both sides, the Russian
people have not quite forgotten the millions of tons of food and munitions
shipped to them freely by the U.S. under Lend-Lease, and the Normandy invasion
by U.S. troops that pulled half of the Wehrmacht off their backs, and enabled
them to mount a counter attack that considerably shortened the war. In short,
they have not quite forgotten that we were their ally, fighting with then in
the hour of their greatest peril.
The Politburo, while it has kept up a fairly continuous
flow of derogatory propaganda against the U.S., for the purpose of making their
own people feel somewhat more content with their own lot, has been too
intelligent to be fooled by its own propaganda, and is now beginning to admit
publicly, that there are some conditions in Russia that could be improved, and
are beginning to look to the U.S. for ideas.
Both sides have bled their economic systems to the point
of bankruptcy in order to build endless monsters of total destruction, but each
side has done so only because the other side was doing it! Now there is
a chance that we have leaders with enough intelligence to see the utter
nonsense of the situation as well as the stark tragedy of its inevitable
result. They are doing their best to reverse the situation so that each
of the countries can begin to eliminate their mutucidal devices, because the other
side is doing it!
It has been pointed out by the doubters and pessimists that
even if the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. do manage to establish friendly relations,
the two together constitute only 10% of the world population, and the remaining
90% would still be fighting each other. To this there are two answers. In the
first place, While the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. have only 10% of the world
population, they have more than 90% of the world's nuclear weapons. The second
answer is simply that if the hundreds of billions of dollars and rubles that
are now spent in preparation for universal death, were spent instead for
things necessary or desirable for life, the want and privation that
causes most of the fighting in the remainder of the world, could readily be
Daniel W. Fry
The Birth of Understanding, Inc.
Out of the depths of the infinite void,
Through eons of time descending,
A Concept pure, met receptive minds,
Of earthmen, merging and blending.
The concept grew and became a plan,
Unfolding and expanding,
The path to peace and joy in life,
We Call it Understanding.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
for they shall be called
the children of God.
We have what we seek. It is there all the time and if we
give it time it will make itself known to us.
If I Had My Life To Live Over by Nadine
If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more
mistakes next time. I'd relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I've
been this trip. I would take fewer things less seriously. I would take more
chances. I would take more trips, climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I
would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would have more actual troubles but
fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and
sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments and, if I had it
to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact I'd try to have nothing else! Just
moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had
it to do over again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more
dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I Would Pick more daisies and smell
(handwritten) and smell more flowers! Ah-yes! Cleona Q.