Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDG6 HERALD Saturday, November 7, 1970 a Hiit.clii.son Sold American? A srcom! Canadian publishing firm was recently sold to American inter- ests. Those who resent the U.S. take- over of Canadian business have been particularly incensed by the latest transaction. The Ryerson Press, sold to Mc- Graw Hill Company, is an old and distinctively Canadian firm which has published a lot of Canadian work. H had been owned by The United Church of Canada, a uniquely Canadian church. For the transaction to have been approved by that body seems like the ultimate in sellout. What the churcli lias said by way of justification of its action may or may not he convincing and accept- able. But the church is surely under no obligation to defend Canadianism. Religion is a trans-national thing. A churchman has a commitment that transcends his national and tribal loyalties and his church attach- ment as well. His patriotism is in- evitably diluted by his sense of one- ness with all men under God. There is an urgent requirement for men to move in the direction of planetary loyalty. Attempts to grap- ple with the conditions that threaten the extinction of life require global, rather than regional, strategy. In fact the resurgence of nationalism is a major factor militating against ef- fective action to save the world. The implications of the develop- ment of international corporations, fostered by American capital, are not fully understood. Grounds for thinking of them as harmful may exist but the possibility that they may be harbingers of an interna- tional political and cultural, as well as economic, community are too sig- nificant to be lightly dismissed. U what is happening were to mean simply (lie Americanization of people everywhere there might be cause for concern. But if it means, rather, the imiversalization of people this is something to be welcomed rather than impeded. Tilting Leftward So far the new, and first freely- elected Marxist government of Chile is playing it cool. President Salvador Allende says he isn't insulted by President Nixon's failure to send him a congratulatory message, that he has no intention of limiting the size of U.S. diplomatic representation in Santiago, that he isn't going to rush into recognition of Peking, Hanoi, East Germany, of North Korea, al- though he makes it plain he will es- tablish working relations with Cuba fairly soon. He says he wants to continue to sell copper and nitrates to the U.S., that eventually these industries will be nationalized, but he has side- stepped the question the basis for nationalization. Generally Dr. Al- lende is adopting a conciliatory at- titude on international questions, as well he might. His internal prob- lems, a shaky political basis, (em- phasized by the recent murder of General a severe econo- mic downturn since his victory, and his very slim plurality only 36.3 per cent of the total vote which brought him to office are all contri- buting factors. His government is a coalition not a hierarchy. Since his election Dr. Allende has toned down his anti-American state- ments, but prior to his victory his public remarks showed plainly that he has no love for the U.S. Now it is reported that the Russians, never slow to seize an opportunity when there's one just lying around, are already sending technical experts and other assistants to Chile. This was to be expected, but the question in many minds is how long and how far will the South American continent continue its lilt to the left, and what is to become of the Organization of American States? This may well be a question which the Nixon admini- stration will have to deal with very soon. Boot Polishing A recent news item tells us that various individuals employed in the Canadian House of Commons have come in for modest pay raises. Among them is the shoe shine boy who now gets per annum, a raise of S256 over his former stipend. Canadians like to see their MPs well turned out, shoes sparkling, trousers well pressed. But a little exercise with the shoe brush before they leave Weekend Meditation for their day of deliberation in the House would not do most of them any harm. The Honorable members might be reminded that when Presi- dent Abraham Lincoln was discover- ed in the act of polishing his own sturdy black boots, an astonished vis- itor remarked, "Mr. President! Are you polishing your own replied honest Abe, "whose did you think I would or words to that effect. Moil's Highest Enterprise TITAN'S highest enterprise is the care and growth of the soul. Nothing is more important, nothing is more neglected. The soul can easily wither and die; the sense of God can perish and spiritual vitality become as if there no such tiling. The saddest fate in life is to lose God and not to miss Him, but countless thousands do. Worship is the first essential in the nur- ture of the soul. Little children have this faculty naturally. In a lovely little Episco- palian church ui Maine a visitor mar- velled at tire intensity o( the worship of small children from the ages of seven up. He thought of the lines, "Children's faces looking up, Holding wonder like a cup." The rector of the church was a most re- markable man, so few clergymen have this primary requirement and fulfil their supreme duty of teaching people to wor- ship. What a spirit of expectancy, what a sense of reverence, what a seeling of de- dication, pervaded that holy place! One felt taller of stature, received an inflow of vitality, and experienced a strange aware- ness of competence for life with all its problems and sin. One looks at the faces which have lost their strain, invaded by a light of peace, at hands suddenly quiet in repose. There has come to them the transforming friendship, the presence o! Cod and the gift of holiness. Robert Barclay, that brilliant mind, searched for this experience. He found it in a Society of Friends. "When I came into tho silent assemblies of Cud's he said, "I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as gave way unto it, I found Ihc evil weaken- ed" in me ajul the go'wl raised up: and so I became thus knit and united to (bom, hungering more and more after the in- crease of (his power and life." Is this selfish indulgence? Far from it! A man is led from selfishness to God, (hen from God to his felloivmcn. "What a man takes in by contemplation he must pour out in love." wrote iMeisler KckharL Vvilh- out uwship a !H.in becomes selfi.-is. back into Min.sualiiv, thinks of life ma- lerial and men as individual animals, united only around the struggle for power or some scuffle of selfishness. In worship he is uniled to them, fused with them in that "fellowship of kindred minds" of which the poet wrote. .In the community of prayer and adoration many a man has felt real community for the first time. Most men arc lonely living in a distinct universe of their own, secret and withdrawn. "Full- grown personality involves the blending of lives." It is only when a man loves God that be loves bis fellowmen. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, wilii all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself." Only as a man loves God truly "does he love himself properly, and only as he loves himself can he love his neighbor. Few indeed realize this. Tne man who hates and despises himself hates and despises mankind. Sooner or later most men, if not all men, come to a realization of what they are in themselves, what they have made and tailed to make of life, what they have 0r have not been lo others, mid the tor- ment is I hat of Ml ilsclf. The higher arot purer life h'lvc passed by. gone far- ever, and the inspiration ,'ind integrity which should be in our central nature seem as inaccessible as Ihe stars, though far lovelier. 0 divine torment which is our happiness and hope! Now let us turn at last from contemplation of our sinning and failure to meditate on Ihe divine purity and goodness, the ineffable grace oi God, What a blessedness lo receive nn answer to the prayer, "Wash me thoroughly from my in- iquity and de.msc me from my The whole world is w.-islmd, has a different light, there is nev.'ness everywhere. Life has a glory, a meaning ol last. PRAYER: Father, in Thy myster- ious presence kneeling, Fain would our souls feel all Thy kindling love, For we are weak and need some deep re- vealing Of trust ;md strength and Irom ;ibou-, 'Samuel .John- r.S.M. Pursuit Of Happiness Has Lost Its Way Fourth (if a Series QNE of ray oldest and wisest friends in Washington has visited Hussia, for business rea- sons, cverv year since the mid- dle of the Second World War. After his last trip he came home with 'a striking thought, Russia, he told me. was no longer the leading revolution- ary nation but a sluggish giant with hardening arteries. T h c leadership of the world revolu- tion had passed to (he United States. Or, more accurately, the United States had always been the great rebel, despite its orthodox look, and at present was embarked on its latest of many social adventures, again leading (he world. Whether this judgment is valid or not, there can be no doubt that, in Ihe broad sense of the word, the United States has undertaken, almost sub- consciously, a revolution so deep, many-sided and unprec- edented that no one really knows what it means or where it is going. The process is so far-reach- ing, indeed, that the violence accompanying it, though shock- ing, would have been m u c h worse already, and the repres- sion much more brutal, in any society less free and flexible. Certainly, as we know now, from recent experience, Canada is caught up in that revolution, whatever name you give it. As mentioned in an earlier report, the troubled politicians of Washington agree that Hie next five years will the most critical in American history, and the same tiling may well be true of Canada. I was also assured by the highest sort of authorities that wilhin those five years the United States would have is affairs under full control. The only question in these men's minds is whether a return to stability must in- volve a serious abridgment of the personal freedom that ani- mated the nation since its be- ginnings. Such an arbitrary time-frame, it seems to me, is too neat, hopeful and unrealistic, lite of Karl Marx's infal- lible laws, or Chairman Mao's sacred messages from his pri- vate pagoda. To be sure, the views of a Canadian visitor in Washington at Iliis tumultuous moment arc no value and would not be worth mentioning if they did not have the support of wiser men equipped to discuss them. At any rate, I found such men ill Washington, Harvard Univer- sity and elsewhere who believe that t'ne next five years may bring stability, with lax? and order restored, but that 'hey will hardly touch, much less ar- rest, the revolution. It cannot be arrested, be- cause it comes out of the im- measurable depths of Americari life, the long "pursuit of happi- ness" and, above all, the gallop- ing technology which must change everything, peacefully or otherwise, faster than we yet guess. To state the obvious facts so baldly is to risk misunderstand- ing. I am not sneaking here oC revolution in the classic sense, on the French, Russian or Chi- nese but revolution pro- ceeding quietly, almost unnot- iced, in the habits of daily life, in the home, in the school and, most obviously, in the technol- ogical system. There, as we all Isnow vaguely, the changes are rapidly under way. And if the larger changes ahead are un- predictable, if the clay-to-day Letters To The Editor Good Revolution Not Destructive It is always painful to have what one recognizes as sound ideas and worthwhile aims pro- pounded in an unrealistic and confused way. Many of the people who are making most noise about the rottenness of the status-quo are without clear ideas or basic wisdom, let alone an under- standing of how ideals can be achieved in aetual, concrete circumstances. One result is that we now face the danger that institutions and structures will be smashed on the quite stupid assumption that some- thing better will automatically come into their place. Thus, we have anarchists who destroy order and authority on the grounds that power is too cen- tralized (as it is) in the silly expectation that somehow a de- centralized and diffused and diversified social community, or range of communities, will grow overnight from the ashes of the order which they throw into an explosive disintegra- tion. That is unrealistic and arises from lack of clarity about basic philosophy and about how social structures grow and have any being at all. Sudden revolutions and vio- lent changes in complex social structures u s u a 11 ly produce worse ones; totalitarianism is bound (o fill the vacuum. Real- ly worthwhile changes conic from the force of ideas, from the moral idealism of a crea- tive minority who avoid ex- cesses of violence and from building on the best in exist- ing situations. This is genuine revolution: to change institu- tions help form other in- stitutions by infusing into them sound ideas and by purifying their goals; to expose striking abuses and thair causes in a public way; and to be prepared to stand firm on principles no matter what the cost. The same reasoning applies to educational systems. We cannot abolish our schools (as Ivan lllich suggests) even though they have grown up on compulsion, regimentation, and tn a n i p u 1 a lion; even though they have been forced into -the mould of mass-production and manpower training; even though schools are helping lo perpetuate the growing man- agerial technocracy which vio- lates nature and promotes in- cestuous research into the problems created by itself, cannot abolish them because something worse would exist if we did. But can attempt to restore schools to tally human purposes, not merely as in- dividual teachers, but as agents of change towards free- dom from control by the cen- tralist, monolithic stale. And we cannot abolish all e v a 1 u a tion at matriculation politics do not control but mere- ly reflect them, at least two startling symptoms are plain enough. The first, I venture to think, is an abstract fact outside the range oi practical politics but coloring the entire social and political climate with unknown luture results. It is that the American people as a whole, for the first time since their original revolution in the eigh- teenth century, have suddenly discovered not its failure but its inadequacy in the twentieth. Only in the last five years, or less, the grand American Dream has lost its old magic. A people who thought them- selves superior to all others by some unique, divine ordinance, and assumed that their social system, with a few curable flaws, was just about perfect, have been shaken by doubt as never before. They are no longer an island unto them- selves but, in Donne's famous phrase, "a part of the a morsel of humanity. The bell of these times tolls for every- one. If any Canadian thinks that these truths- arc self-evident, mere platitudes, let him pause and reflect for a moment. Let him remember that, until the last month, Canada as a whole made the same general assump- tion as its neighbor had always made even a large, more comfortable and less realistic assumption. Before its society was stric- ken overnight by certain events it assumed that while the United States was in profound trouble, Canada, being small, almost powerless and danger- ous to no one, had a special immunity of its own, a safe northern sanctuary from the prevailing storm. For us the bell was distant and muled. Now we hear it, too. A second sound can be heard in the United States and is be- ginning to echo in Canada the sound of revolt not against affluence as a desirable goal but against its tragic misuse. That, of course, is why the so- called rebellion of youth is so interesting, however capricious, wanton and sometimes criminal it may be. The young, or part of them, have seen, earlier than the old, that the first people to achieve real affluence are grossly mis- managing it and, by misman- agement, are threatening to de- plete Ihe capital asset and ig- nore Ihe highest goals of so- ciety. In short, the pursuit of happiness has somehow lost its way. Economists like John Ken- neth Galbraith and others whom I shall mention later thoroughly understand the mis- use of America's basic re- Your recent articles detailing the shooting of trumpeter swans in the Grande Prairie and Calgary areas forcefully demonstrate the need for just what a number of sportsmen in this province have been ad- vocating for some time namely, hunter training both lor violators and novices alike. Such programs exist now, but it is painfully obvious that many of those who are in the greatest need of such training fail to themselves o' the tunity to get it and the result the needless slaughter of rare wildlife and equally im- portant, the senseless killing of other hunters in the field. Isn't officer Gordon's state- ment, that "the usual defence given when hunters are caught with swans in their possession is that they were mistaken for snow ominously similar to the defence statements of those hunters who accidentally shoot a human being? How many people killed in hunting accidents have been mistaken for deer, for example? 'Hie point of the foregoinc is (hat the law which sanctions (inr bunting privileges .ind note, this benevolent law .docs so without the requirement of Ihe slightest shred of evidence that we are competent and re- sponsible hunters should be Amended to insist, at the very least, that our swan human killers must enrol in. and pass, an in-depth hunter training pro- gram, before they arc once more licensed. Equally vital is Ihc need io have novice Imnlcrs who are implying for licences for the first time, put through such training, rather than the present dangerous systems n( self-training or .some of the faclty education provided by well meaning .senior hunters wearing the (sometimes) shabby cloak of experience. True, these programs may ml represent ihe nilire ansucr Hi a major problem .since neith- Hunter Training Desirable sidered, they er the law nor hunter training can completely overcome greed or simple human frailty, but when the alternatives are con- ______, ..._.. are certainly a step in the right direction G. A. CHALMERS, D.V.M. Lelhbridge. sources, the raging appetite, the blind worship tf the Gross Na- tional Product, the neglect of the economic infrastructure and, worse, of Ihe physical en- vironment. Such exports quarrel about the extent of the damage and _._.-_...... the proper methods of repair. and university levels because They are presently locked m a we would have less, not more, great debate on methods, liberal pursuit ot knowledge; though ,t less concern with truth, beauty not ,ong and goodness than we have_at from expect pretty Hog's Share Of Costs Letters to The Herald pro- testing a proposed increase in sewage rates to the ratepayers of Lethbridge are well m or- der. May I echo the one of Mr. Chester B. Bcaty (Oct. 3D in which he requests that the Lethbridge City Council re- lease details of its negotiations with local industries in ad- vance of the November 9 pub- lic meeting. In an article in the Leth- bridge Herald (Oct. 27) it was suggested that domestic users take the brunt of increased charges for fear of frightening industries away from Leth- bridge. In an age when we are becoming increasingly con- cerned about pollution, I feel that our philosophy towards in- dustry has to be drastically changed. Since they are con- tributing more than the fair share of our increased sewage load, then they should bear more of the cost. The proposed increases to the domestic user are far too excessive. It appears to me that our city council in Ihe past has shown greater con- cern for increased tax costs to business and industries than it has to the average citizen. As a consequence I am afraid that the negotiations the council made with local industries will not be made known before No- vember 9. Also if the general public (myself included) be- haves as it generally does, the public meeting will not be well attended, and the city council will be able to load the hog's share of costs onto Ills domes- tic users. ANOTHER TAXPAYER Lethbridge. present. For the slipshod, the lazy and the mediocre would take over; the philistine forces waiting their chance for power would destroy scholarship and imaginative learning as we know it. We need revolutionary change in universities. We do not need abrupt severing of the traditional disciplinary struc- tures proposed by Mr. Fish- bounie. In truly liberal univer- sities the pursuit of wisdom and of genuine professionalism would require less attention to assessments. But to abolish all assessment just now is unreal- istic. PETER R. HUNT Lethbridge. drastic changes in the economic policies of government. But all those arguments, and all the impending policies, are no more than the outer surface, the temporary froth of a revolu- ution unknown before our time in a human affairs and emerg- ing from sources far deeper than economics, sources in the American mind or, if one can dare lo use that word, the American spirit. another report (though it is a reckless venture) I shall try to discuss this rather frightening but, by and large encouraging process yet without name or public rec- ognition. (Herald Special Service) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD Political Criminals There appears in be an as- sumption that those who com- mit crimes in the name of their "politics" arc somehow more deserving of favorable le- gal consideration than those who commit similar crimes for their "own" benefit. In actual- ity, political prisoners seem lo be defined differently from "or- dinary" prisoners. ;nifl they lend to be treated differently. Whether they should be so de- fined and treated is another que.stion. The matler is complex since it involves brtlli action and motivation. Yet the nagging question arises ARE those who murder, kidnap, rob, for politi- cal motives any less criminal than those who murder, kid- nap, rob, for pi-r.sonai motives'.' f cannot bring myself to dif- ferentiate sharply between the two groups. There IS a difference, in my estimation, between political prisoners who are confined simply because tlsey disagree with some established author- ity and those who arc confined because Ihey have coir.mitted heinous offences against hu- manity bombed, robbed, m a r'd e r e d innocent citizens. Missive public support needs In be generated to aid and free political prisoners, but due pro- cess of law should always be followed in dealing with polili- ca! criminals who violate the life and liberty of fellow human beings. KAY GOODALL Uthbriiign. 1920 Nikolai Lenin, The Russian Bolshevik premier, frankly admits the seriousness of the food silualion in Russia, Moscow and other cities are paralysed by famine and the army is also suffering from Jack of food. will be plenti- ful for Thanksgiving this year and will sell from between 1G lo 26 cents per pound. Cran- berries will be a little cheaper this year! newly-erected con- trol tower on the roof of the TCA hangar at Kenyon Field is now in operation, using a sys- tem of red and green lights to control aerial traffic. United Nations diplo- mats conferred on how to han- dle Gen. MacArthur's charges that Communist China has sent her troops into Korea. Boy Scouts will be in long trousers for the win- ter months, the provincial scout commissioner has announced. Calgary scouting officials say wearing long trousers has been nn unwritten law for many years in Alberta for winter, but this year it is official. 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