June, 1988

COMING CHANCES

A well known philosopher once said, “coming events cast their shadow before them,” This, of course, is a simple way of saying that every event is the inevitable result of the events that occurred before it. If this be true, anyone who studies the past carefully, and applies the knowledge gained to the present, can have considerable success in predicting the future, whether or not they have psychic ability.

We are all familiar, of course, with the ancient metaphysical saying, “Everything changes but change itself,” and we know that life itself is a constant series of changes. It is not change that is the problem, but the rate at which the change takes place. According to our paleontologists, many species of animal and reptile life ceased to exist, simply because they were unable to adapt, quickly enough to sudden changes in their environment. Mankind is, of course, the most adaptable of all species, and the only one who has the habit of adapting his environment to “suit himself instead of adapting himself to suit his environment. Nevertheless, there are limits to the rate of change to which the average human can adapt himself, or herself, whether the change be physical, mental or only financial. There are those who still remember the stock market crash of 1929, when a number of previously affluent business men leaped from their office windows to their death on the street below, simply because they could not bear the thought of having no money, while millions of others went placidly about their business, because, having never had any money to speak of, they were relatively unaffected by the cataclysm. Most of these were ultimately affected by the depression that ensued, but because it came on rather gradually, they had time to become accustomed to it and very few found it necessary to do away with themselves.

All of mankind, both as individuals and as a race, are constantly undergoing change in their social, spiritual and their material environments, but usually the changes are slow enough so that, while there may be much complaint about them, they can be adapted to without too much strain or trauma. We are however, approaching a period in which the rate of change threatens to increase to a point where very few individuals can successfully adapt unless they have prior knowledge.

Not all of the changes that are occurring and will occur, are opposed to man’s welfare, Many of them will be very good for him if he can adjust to them. It has been said that this will be a wonderful age to live in if we can stand it! There is not much which an individual can do about sudden geologic changes except, hopefully, to be somewhere else at the time, but social, political and economic changes can, not only be endured, but may be of great benefit, both to the individual and to society if they are understood.

The public is becoming increasingly critical of those officials who have been employed to represent it, but who, because they have received few more votes than their competitors, feel that they have been given mandate to rule and to govern, rather than to represent the public. In every day’s newscast and newspaper there are accounts of public officials being recalled, indicted for misuse of public funds, fraud or other forms of malfeasance of office which, a few years ago would have been overlooked or considered to be a side benefit of the job. All of which means that the public is tired of the present political habit, and a new format will evolve making the public the beneficiary of the system rattier than its victim! Most of the social changes that are occurring stem from the growing realization that, like it or not, every man is his brother’s keeper, because each person is dependent upon the thousands of others who produce the endless number of things everyone must have to live in any modern society.

Daniel W. Fry

(hand written)

Before you read my story of pets, let me explain: — re: human beings I’ve lost.

(1)                          My close brush with death + dying was my beloved Irish Grandmother who favorite grandchild (of 19) I was.  We were close + I loved her very much.  It was 56 years ago that she left, knowing she was loved.  I’d been alone with her those last few weeks (except for nurse in her own home as she slipped into unconsciousness.  There were no tears as I was glad FOR HER.

(2)                          My blessed Irish father had a heart attack but was able to be at home – until the last few days.  I spent 7 days + 7 nites with him in the hospital – each day of which I prayed for God to please take him Home as he couldn’t breathe the oxygen pouring in!  Yes, he chain smoked most of his life + would say “Hand me a coffin nail”, if the were out of reach.  Still he made it to 74.

(3)                          I have explained to you before that no soul just wanders off in space – all alone!  Each one is called for and my beloved Jeremiah (of the old testament) called for Daddy + took him home.  I shed no tears, I said, “THANK YOU GOD!”

(4)                          5 yrs. Later my mother died at my house of cancer of the parotid gland (neck area), she had been unconscious for weeks – so again – no tears – just “Thank you God” for being merciful!  I am an only child so there was no one else for whom I could cry as most people cry for themselves!

I believe in flowers while they can be smelled.

I believe in saying “I love you” while it can be heard.

I believe in showing that you care, in many ways!

A large amount of all the wailing, crying etc. is not for the departed – but tears of sorrow for what the crying person failed to do!!

I’m due to check out at age 97.  Since I’ll be 80 Sept. 24, I have 17 yrs more of this earths “rat-race”. Daniel’s due out 17 yrs from now too, + he’ll be 80 July 19.  I have much to do before I go!  There’s the book for Jeremiah. (He wrote it – I have to edit it) and the painting I promised Daddy.

So – I really must get busy!  Cleona Q.


P.S. Dr. Fry returned May 22, from Montreal where he delivered a lecture at a fine symposium there and was given a standing ovation by an audience of over 400 people.  Not bad for 80th year!  He’ll out do Norman Vincent Peale yet who just turned 90.