Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LEIHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, 6, 1970 Bruce linlchison Polarization Prediction The Christian Church in iN'orth Am- erica appears to be on the verge of a polarization of its members. This is the judgment of the Rev. Donald L. Benedict, Executive Director, Com- munity Renewal Society, Chicago who spoke to the annual conference of the United Church held recently in Cal- gary. As Mr. Benedict sees it, the divi- sion will be along the lines of those who see the church as existing pri- marily to serve others in the world and those who look upon the church as chiefly concerned with nurturing the faith. Such a polarization will bo deplored by the many committed Christians who believe that both these emphases are essential and need to exist together. The attempt has been made in many congregations to achieve a sort of balance between the two emphases but not without some tension result- ing. In the United States, Mr. Bene- dict said, the issues of war, race, pov- erty and pollution have already pro- duced some serious ruptures in the churches. Almost the only signal of this sort of thing in Canada that Mr. Benedict said he had discerned from the Uni- ted Church conference sessions was a remark made by Dr. Gerald Hutch- Inspn, Executive Secretary of Alberta Conference. Mr. Hutchinson had said that there was a tendency for con- gregations to want to call an older minister these clays presumably to avoid the radical world oriented ap- proach of so many younger ministers. There are other disquieting indica- tions, however, which a visitor could All The Way Lethbridge will soon have a law permitting a wider range of activi- ties, and for longer periods of time, on Sunday. It is possible, but not probable, that there could be a delay in the effective date of the law. Petitions can be presented that would require a plebescite on the matter. But because the trend is so strongly in favor of such permissive legislation it would be a waste time and effort to attempt to prevent the move. For this reason it is not expected that there will be any peti- tioning and that the law will come into effect in due course. Through this action Lethbridge is simply following suit. Calgary and Edmonton have already taken advan- tage of provincial legislation, enab- ling municipalities to make Sunday more open if so desired. It is some- what surprising that this has not happened in Lethbridge before now. The day is long past when it was felt necessary to limit the activities of people on Sunday. Even those who prefer to spend their Sundays with- out indulgence in sports and enter- tainment recognize generally that in a pluralistic society they cannot im- pose their wishes on others. It is puzzling that while most ac- tivities will be permitted there are still a few forms of diversion which are deemed not fitting for Sunday: horse racing, boxing contests and exhibitions of wrestling. These are doubtless more commercial in tone than some other kinds of sports and entertainment but it is only a matter of degree. The Herald holds no brief for these activities and their promoters but merely points up an apparent ano- maly. If promoters of such events feel there is some injustice in being excluded they will no doubt make their voices heard and will have to be answered. Weekend Meditation The Woman At The Well TN the fourth chapter of the Gospel ac- cording to St. John there is a lovely ttory of Jesus. He was on his way from Judaea north to Galilee. This involved going through Samaria, unless he wished to make a lengthy detour. Tired, hungry and thirsty, he sat down by Jacob's well out- side Sychar to rest in the burning midday sun. The disciples went on into the town to get some food. This act alone shows how Jesus was breaking down racial boundaries. The feud between the Samaritans and the Jews was centuries old. The Samaritans were racially descended from the remnant left after the invasion by Assyria in 720 B.C. when the population had largely been transplanted to Media and other national- ities brought in to replace them. The re- sulting intermarriage popidated Samaria. The Jews despised them and, in the re- building of Jerusalem by Nehemiah and Ezra, refused them any part. From 450 B.C. the feud grew. The Samaritans built a temple on Mt. Gerizim which John Hyrca- nus In 129 B.C. destroyed. While Jesus was at the well a Samari- tan woman came for water. That she cair.e 50 far from her home and at midday sug- gests her desire to avoid people. That Jesus was able to strike up a conversation with her illustrates a rare power of human em- pathy. He asks her ior a drink since ho bad no bucket. The woman was astonished that he would accept help from a member of her hated race. She was also doubtless astonished that he would talk to a woman, as the disciples were when they returned. Women were a necessary and unfortunate evil upon whom holy men refused to so much as look. Moreover tliis woman was of poor character, living with a man who was not her husband and with five previous husbands. To this poor character Jesus some of the profoundcst words of the Bible. He opens the way gently by his request for water and then loading on to "living water from: a fresh, flowing stream, but obviously as he makes clear, a spiritual water wliich would refresh her soul, satisfy her thirst for life, and lead to vitality, peace, and joy in life. The greatest sinners have within them capacity for becoming the greatest saints, as Francis of Assisi, Augustine of Hippo, John Bunyan, and many another have dem- onstrated. They have within them an insa- tiable quest for life and try to satisfy their desires like the Prodigal Son at the world's Vanity Fan-. Alas, they are trying to get more out of the world than there is in it. To satisfy spiritual thirst with pleasure is like drinking sea water. Bertrand Russell, a Socialist, doubted the power of socialism to satisfy men by distributing wealth, since the wealthy led such unhappy, unsatisfac- tory lives. William Blake pictured a poor fellow standing at the loot of a ladder cry- ing, "I want! f Man's hunger needs a better bread than can be made from wheat. His thirst demands a more refresh- ing satisfaction than can be had from hu- man wells. In this story Jesus was not merely en- gaged in breaking down boundaries of race and sex, though ho did that. Jesus estab- lished a community in which "there is nei- ther Greek nor Jew, bond nor free, ntale nor as Paul said. But he also claimed to show men the way to the true life where they could find the true values of life. "I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly." He did not come to dampen nature's fires, but to make them burn more brightly. "You are the light of the world." He did not come to suppress instincts or turn men into nonentities. "You are the salt of the earth." He did not come to divert men from a needy world. Any man who believed in him. out of hiro "would flow rivers of living water." When the woman saw tire truth Jesus was revealing, she ran back into the town to tell her neighbors, forgetful even of her precious walcr jug, since with that on her head she could not run so fast. The neigh- bors came and found out the truth for themselves. So must every man. Prayer: 0 God our senses are clogged by the world's dust. We have too long sought life in foolish self indulgence and silly pleasures. Deliver us from the cares of the world and its false promises that we may find glory and zest in S. M. A Canadian Joke With Grim Overtones not be expected to sense. It is an un- usual congregation in the U n i t ed Church, for instance, that has not had someone resign from office or can- cel a financial pledge in recent years in protest of some stand of the church. Few tilings caused quite so much tension as a relatively small allocation of funds to assist U.S. draft dodgers in Canada. The Canadian church may not be as close to being polarized as the American church where the nation as a whole is divided, but the predic- tion made by Mr. Benedict that it is in prospect is something to ponder seriously. It is not something to an- ticipate with joy or satisfaction, even by those who have ceased to be as- sociated with a church or never had a significant attachment to one, be- cause it will mean more upheaval in an already chaotic situation. One of the suggestions made by Mr. Benedict was that conscious decisions could be made by congregations to opt for one or the other of the empha- ses and give members a choice. Such a move, he thinks, is far more impor- tant than trying to bring about union among the denominations. Tliis puts a blight on the negotia- tions for union in Canada between the Anglican Church, the Church of Christ (Disciples) and the United Church. But it may also point up the reason for the apathetic attitude of so many members in these denomin- ations toward union. The need may, in fact, be .for realignment within and among the denominations rather than for union that would simply leave the tensions unresolved. IN these dark times the ria- lion should be grateful to Martin Goldfarb for providing a good Canadian joke. If they have a normal sense of humor, Pierre Trudcau a n cl Robert Stanh'eld should be especially grateful when the joke is on them. But it is a grim joke all the same, since it assumes that the nation is composed mostly o[ half-wits and that dem- ocracy itself has become a joke. Mr. Coldtarb was hired by Maclean's magazine to sur- vey, with all liis well tried scientific tools of market re- search, the average citizen's opinion of the two party lead- ers, and hence the nation's political prospects. In printing the results of the survey, with complicated tables and percentages like the balance sheet of some vast corporation managed by acturial idiots Maclean's- takes no responsibil- ity for the Canadian mind as thus dissected. Nor does Mr. Goldfarb, whose own views are not revealed. The public is asked merely to believe that it has been impartially examined as if it were a mentally sick man "Af Least We're Working On on a psychoanalyst's very sick man if the figures mean anytlu'ng. Indeed, if Can- ada makes its great national decisions on the Goldfarb the- ory of government it is prob- ably beyond cure. Now, I do not doubt Mr. Goldfarb's honesty, his profes- sional skill or good intentions. 3 doubt only his assumptions, mainly the assumption that Ca- nadians as a whole choose their governments light-heartedly, in a moment of impulse-buying, as they might choose an auto- mobile for looks, style and color, regardless of quality, horsepower or cost. Seeking the public's atti- tude to Messrs. Trudeau and Slanfield, the investigator does not ask the typical Canadian what he thinks about the na- tion's real problems, wliich, presumably, are not worth se- rious consideration. Instead, he asks what the typical Canadian thinks about the two leaders in those secret areas of the mind never open to inspection. Thus it is essential to know whether Mr. Trudeau or Mr. Stanficld is "calmest and least which of them is "easiest to believe in, most sat- isfied with life, best informed and smarter." Then we get to the acid test of statesmanship. Which of them is "best looking" and "the best sex which is most likely to try marijuana, to drink and swear most, to have the worse tem- per, to dress in fashion, to Iiave some humility and to be most religious and stable in private life. Except for stability, humili- ty and religion, Mr. Trudeau beats Mr. Stanfield hands downs, and that, apparently, answers the vital questions before us today. Mr. Trudeau will win the election, Mr. Stanfield will lose and we shall live happily ever after unless, of course, the Con- Letters To The Editor Population Control Deemed A Nececssity The world is not the simple place seen by Frank J. Papp in his view of abortion as pre- sented in a recent letter. Mr. Papp bases liis argument al- most solely upon one point, his belief that abortion "is the mur- der of one for the convenience of another." To equate abor- tion with murder would seem to close the discussion. Since wa think murder is bad, that makes abortion bad. The murder taboo, grew up logically enough since the co- hesion and survival ability of the tribe is threatened if mem- bers of the tribe go about mur- dering one another. But we find that murder of one for the con- venience of another is well es- tablished in our culture so long as the action is directed against other tribes (groups, races, states, Therefore we must believe that in many cases murder is good. We inveigh against abortion Drilling In Cypress Hills The Lethbridge Natural His- tory Society is appalled at Mr. Strom's apparent Indifference toward Albertans and future citizens in his effort to allow drilling of oil and natural gas in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Such action can only mean disaster ta the park area. Surely the Alberta government isn't so hard up for money that it must sacrifice this valuable and geologically unique park- land to the oil' companies. We hope that when Mr. Strom decides to embark on siirilar ventures in the future, he might give some consideration to the people of tin's land. (MRS.) E. MORRIS, Corresponding Secretary, Lethbridge Natural History Society. Mental Discipline I am concerned with a sub- mission made by two Coaldale high-school students to Tues- day's hearing in Lethbridge of the Worth Commission on Edu- cational Planning. Generally speaking, the submission was to the effect tliat the curriculum is stultifying; students arc not given time to read on their own and discuss their readings, be- cause class time must be taken in preparing for exams. The latter part of this state- ment is true: there is a set pro- gram of study in high school, as there is in most universities. However, the system need not be stultifying. Fro m what I remember of high school, it wouldn't have mattered what I had taken, I would have been bored and be- cause of any great intelligence, but because I wanted literary enjoyment handed me on a plat- ter. I was not prepared to work hard. And after three years of The Lamplighter To the Separated and Di- vorced: There's an old song of which three lines arc: "If there were lovers in the park, he'd pass a lamp and leave it dark. The old lamp lighter of (today a'r.d) long ago." Sometimes, he leaves a lamp and it is dark for those who really love each other. So dark they cannot see each other clearly. Sometimes not at all. Sometimes they don't even know the other is still with them. It is sad they cannot see; but why not try reaching cut for the other? A M-YEAll-OLD. Uthbridgc. university, I am only now reach- ing a level of mental exercise where I actually enjoy litera- ture. I realize the danger of gen- eralizations, but I wish to sug- gest an idea not often express- ed: the main cause of student ennui and hence of many revolutionary attitudes is simply an increasing inability to apply mental discipline to oneself, and work diligently. I was an upstart in high school mainly because of a lack of dis- cipline. Now, after struggling with "rote-learning" and other so called practical comprom- ises, I have come out on the "creativity" side of the and am only now achieving peace of mind. J. P. COWAN. Lethbridge. for many reasons. For one we likely feel that our interests are still served through a flexing of our population musclles which we hope will enable us to maintain the power for ex- erting control over more than our share of the world's re- sources. Our lack of ability to think sanely about sex, cripples and tortures us all and allows us to engage in what future gen- erations will likely regard as very primitive crimes against our men and women, our young, and especially our young wom- en. We are all losers and do not seem to realize the many things that contribute to our an- nual harvest of social ills. In- cluded in this annual harvest are perhaps Canadian women who have illegal abor- tions. An important point is that this number have abortions in spite of the severe penalties of law, expense, risk of injury, so- cial censure, personal guilt, etc. that we erect to try to pre- vent the action. It must be that this number of women feel that the alternatives to illegal abor- tion are even worse. I ima- gine that these women cannot generate much affection for a society and the men in it cal- lous enough to dismiss the ques- tion by accusing them of mur- der. Life does not begin and does not nd in the ordinary sense. There occurs only a kind of bud- ding or splitting off from the essential or basic stream of germ plasma for every variety of life that exists. This budding for the higher forms results in the development of what appear to be separate entities that are adapted in various specialized ways but which in a real sense serves the particular life form only to preserve and carry the essential stream of germ plas- ma forward. We call these buds individuals and observe that they mature, wither and disap- pear. The germ plasma goes on Indefinitely. We also observe that nature exhibits a re- markable redundancy and casts off these buds in great numbers to ensure as far as is possible the survival of the germ plas- ma. We observe also that many of these buds do not survive to become mature and capable of passing on the plasma. Since from this view life does not be- gin anywhere in our experience then the time that may be cho- sen to interrupt the budding process is quite arbitrary. The more closely the bud comes to resemble our mature human form the more agitated we tend to become and the more we rely on all manner of mythology. We more easily kill a fly than a fish, more easily a fish than a bird, more easilv another mammal, say a kitten than a human mammal. We are relatively unbothcrcd by watch- ing millions of sperm die and eggs die even though these are potential humans. If we try. perhaps we can detune our minds with regard to a human embryo. If in our insanity we do not heed our basic nature at this time and start doing for our- selves what nature has been un- able to do recently then nature will very soon reassert itself and carry out its task in a much more brutal way than we would do it for ourselves. The proper road is clearly in view so we must quickly clear pur minds and steady our hands for in our present condition we are fum- bling the ball. JOHN MACKENZIE. scrvativc leader can acquire better image. Mr. Goldfarb, a generous and helpful man, offers Mr. Stanficld a better imago free of charge. The Conservative leader must project self-con- fidence, convince people that ho can "dream big dreams and demonstrate some imagina- tion as a social human being." In addition, "he should at- tempt a unique style of dress, even if it's a reversion to spats and the wing collar. He should be seen in theatres and in night- clubs and in ballrooms. HQ should ski or play tennis or swim. He should do everything possible to destroy the picture people have of liim as a nine- to-five man preoccupied with petty details." In other words, Mr. Stan- ficld should make himself over in the image of Mr. Trudeau and become a counterfeit play- boy, as some slatternly house- wife might mske herself over at a beauty parlor and a plas- tic surgeon's operating room in the image of Mrs. Aristotle Onassis. Alas, it's not that easy in politics and Mr. Stanfield seems to be neither a house- wife, a phony nor a cad. Since he will not transform his lifelong character, his cur- rer.t image of even his wing- less collar, Mr. Stanfield can't hope to get anywhere, if you ac- cept the assumption that the Canadian people do not want leaders or policies, only actors, big day dreams and synthetic parodies of men. Ts this the true mentality of tile new nation which, we are constantly fold, has emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of the old? Have the cult of the theatre and the electronic performers of television al- ready expropriated the demo- cratic process? Is Marshal McLuhan, the Grand Pan- jandrum of the revolution, ac- tually in charge now? Has the medium: finally replaced the message? In the age of total emancipation can we do with- out principles, moralities and ideas' so long as we have shad- ows on the screen? Is sub- stance obsolete? Perhaps it is, and yet among the typical Canadians in my vicinity I notice a disturb- ing, old-fashioned interest in substance, in bread and butter, the high price of goods, the low price of stocks, the sordid busi- ness of earning a livelihood and paying the dentist's bill for fix- ing the kids' teeth. Perhaps we are not yet as emancipated as we had supposed. A sad thought. Still, there. Is more in Mr. Goldfarb's theory of politics lhan he may realize, though he has twisted it out of joint. I mean that the Canadian peo- ple may know very little about specific problems and are not trained to understand them, but they have a weird, infallible, almost psychic capacity to judge their leaders. Through- out our history they have often been wrong about policies, but their unspoken, instinctive hunch about a public man has hardly ever erred. If the public did not have that instinct we could despair of democracy altogether. We need not despair, and we do pretty well, all things consider- ed, when the people in fact are more reliable in collective judgment about men than the psychiatrists, pollsters and even Mr. Goldfarb. He rightly consults the people but he asks the wrong questions and con- structs the wrong image of tile nation. If Canada is that stupid, trivial and vagrant of mind it is not worth questioning any- how, and won't be around long enough to answer the next poll. Lethbridge. (Herald Special Service) LOOKING BACKWARD A Cure For 'MS1 From German Features Germany A West German doctor has reported what are viewed here as sensational results in the treatment of the dread disease multiple sclerosis. In a recently published book titled "Multiple Sclerosis" fllcinrich Schwab Publishing House, Schopfheim, Dr. Hans Selzer describes his experiences in 18 years Of deal- ing with the sickness, winch re- sults in a crippling hardening of the nerves. Selzer says that multiple sclerosis, or does not or- iginate in the central nervous system, that is, in the brain or spinal cord, but is caused by highly allergic lymph (a fluid which bathes the By repeated treatments of the- lymph with supersonic device over a period of several years, Dr. Selzer reports he could de- sensitize the lymph, which re- sulted in clear improvements in the patient, or even cures. Dr. Selzer says he is con- vinced that "MS" is cm-able and can be improved if the patient is treated early enough. In cases where the disease has run its course for a longer period of time it can also be improved nr at least arrested. THltOUGH THE HERALD to the recent high prices, the Canadian council of Boy Scouts has decided not to s e n d a Canadian representa- tion to the World Scouting Jamboree in England this sum- mer. 1930 With nominations for the provincial elections sched- uled for Monday, June 9, in- dications were today that the total number of candidates in the field will probably be less than 150. 1910 Lt.-CoI. L. Scott, rec- ruiting officer for the province was in Lethbridge today to or- ganize a permanent recruiting station here, with offices at the armories. 1950 General McArthur to- day ordered the Japanese gov- ernment to purge all 24 mem- bers of the Communist party's central committee. Tliis means all office holders and commit- tee men will be barred from holding any government posi- tion. 19HO South African police were reported to be using air- craft and helicopters to drop tear gas bombs on a rioting mcb of 300 Negroes in Lusiki- siki area near the borders of Natal .and the Cape Province. 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