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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta er, Otlob.f 36, 1972 THE IETHBRIDCI HFRAIO B The futi e pursuit of happiness liy F. S. Manor, ill Th e Winnipeg Free Press Herman llcssc said it almost half a century ago: "Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. There are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to under- stand it5elf and Ins .no stan- dard, no security, no simple ac- quiescence." Book Reviews We arc now living in such a transitional period, having lost our bearings and our sense of belonging. Yet the end results of history hold lew surprises. If the literary population of the dark ages dis- appeared because of the col- lapse of civilization, our own lit- erary population may well be disappearing because of a sur- feit of civilization. The I'.eclirm in literacy has Iwen so rapid as to he almost visible to the naked eye, A new generation has grown up. one accustomed to walch television with half an car, the viewers attention distracted by the picture on the screen, by a dripping faucet, the demands of a child, a pet, a s'.blirig or a spouse; a genera- tion, moreover, taught to read by the me'.hod. The result is that, their academic qualifications, people no longer know how to read. They skim their pej-s, magazines or bouks, only half comprehending tins argu- ment or the narrative the way they only half-comprehend the television story already re- duced to the lowest common denominator. Moreover, t h e youn" have lost interest. Prof. Golo Mann, (he emi- nent German historian, tells of Fiction with a real science ingredient "The Wind from the Sun" by Arthur C. Clai'Uc (Long- man Canada Ltd., fli.1'5. 133 Readers c! science fiction are much like the rest of us in that they accept as scientific any- thing incredible, bizarre or im- possibly remote in either time or distance. The term 'science (iclion1 seems to apply to any story in which both 'science' as so defined and fiction can be discerned. Tht proportions don't matter, apparently. Some writers in this genre {it is, you know, whether Die literary johnnies like ir or not) barely nod in the direction cf even'this kind of science; they write what arc basically mys- teries, war stories, adventures or what-not, and simply locate Iheir yarns in other galaxies or centuries, and embellish Iheir characters with extra arms, legs or heads. This is the "Cops and Robbers in Spacesuits" school, and it includes some fine fiction writers. But there is another school, the one that puts much stress on science (real science, that is) and it Is to this school that Clarke belongs. He tells an ex- cellent yarn, too, but aways in- cludes extra dimension, the scientific fact or what just might be a fact, somehow or some cloy. The title story in this collection is an example, in that the plot depends on knowledge of the pressure ex- erted by sunlight. Another story makes use cf the knowledge that the temperature of sea water a mile deep is very close to freezing, another on the the- ory cf Jiydrolhermal power- plants. He uses plausible math- ematics, recognizable chemis- try and only slightly distorted physics, to make his stories something a little more than simple escap'sin, to give the readnr an reason lo ar.d ask himself it be sometliing p a n s e "Wouldn't if...... J. W. F. Rabbi goes on quest Shocking information "The Economies of Ihe Cold by Robert Smith. (Pub- lished by Hudson Kami Corp., Sl-25, 100 TJOBERT SMITH is a pseud- onym for tha author of this book which contains shocking information of how Ihe rich few control the United Slates. There is good reason for the author lo remain anonymous, because the book exposes hchind-t h c-sceue deals in American politics and government witii people like President Richard Nixon and the Rockefeller brothers named. Money controls everything in America. Both the domestic ar.d foreign policies cf the United States are dictated by the rich few, whose favors the politi- cians must buy lo get elected and stay in office. The author points out that to save Ameri- ca, there must be vast reforms, including reducing the bureau- cracy to cue-tenth of its present size, limiting personal inherited wealth, taxing American money sent overseas for profits, and most important of all, that "no man on earth shall be born with the power to control the lives of free Americans." I recommend this excellent book, which I finished in one reading, to every man and woman. The book deals with the United States, but many c! its warnings apply lo all dem- ocracies in the world. It is an important a i d toward under- standing the need for improv- ing our political system. JOE MA "Monday Tlie Rabbi Took Off" hy Harry Kcmelman (G. P. Putnam's Sons, S7.50, 31G pages, distributed by Longman Canada IS book is the fourth in Ihe "Rabbi" series wrillen by Harry Kemelman. Readers who have enjoyed the other three books will probably like this one loo. I'd had Ihe im- press'on that I'd find lots of wit ard hmior in the Rabbi's es- capes and was somewhat dis- appointed to find that Ibis is not so. However, the story is an interesting one, capturing somelliing of the soul search- ing that goes on with everyone genuinely concerned with the world ?.nd Ms place in it. Rabbi David Small, after a rather turbulent ministry of six years in a small synagogue torn with the foibles and squabbles of the congregational board members, decides to take off for the Holy Land. His decision to visit Israel not as a tourist r.or as a student on sabbatical leave puzzles his wife and par- ishioners. Who can justify sim- ply taking off, without salary, jusl to lake hi the atmosphere and to think? In the course ot the quest for whatever meas- ure of truth he is seeking, the Rabbi manages to be in the right place at the right time to solve a political conundrum for a friend. His time up and his search apparently completed, he returns to his humdrum congregation, presumably at a later date to take off again for wherever Harry Kemelman will send him. ELSPETH WALKER Mcc weather for Ducks. When it comes to your favourite Andres Duck, pleasure knows no season. Andres Cold Duck, a beautiful blend of champagne and burgundy. Or Andres Baby Duck, the happy marriage of a robust, red wine to a delicate, sparkling white. Whatever the weather, now's the time to get quacking. ANDReS SPARKLING BABYDUCK CJJLDDUCK ANDRES WINES (ALBERTA) LTD 72-H 9 a German professor who want- ed lo start his tiistoi'y courK? with tlie luslory cf the Kreucli Itevtil'jlicm. H i s students pro- tested: "What's that old crap to Instead, they demanded the history of tlie workers' movement. There is not much history, there, aixl Ihc outcome of such demands for "relevant'1 studies is already apparent: The few of the students who ai'e interested will continue to study (lie French Revolution quietly, producing a small elite IJiat studies and that knows. It has always been thus, and do not want to learn, be- cause learning is ijeyond thsir capabilities, will sink beck into tba amorphous cf semi- educated, who will either find within themselves unexpected resources, or else eke a liv- ing as disgruntled, semi-skilled workers computers or pushing files from the in-tray in the out-tray. In an atji.ntf century that lias lort its first blush of inno- cence these pseudo students who shout "crap" will he tho first, victims of the tacit aban- doning of the egalitarian fic- tion. This is a phenomenon now spreading far and wide. Recent- ly, at a medical convention a prominent Canadian doctor ar- gued that the annual medical check-up has become too expen- sive and should be dropped. Too expensive to carried out on Hie entire population, that is. The egalitarian hopes cf equal health are fading away, as have the hopes of equal education. In medicine those with money ar.d those wilh influence v.ill buy their check-ups from pri- vate doctors or Erom doctors in foreign countries, or obtain them because of their position. The bulk of the people v.ill taha their chance on dying, as they are now taking their chance on education. A study carried out in New York has come to the conclu- sion that better education is an ineffective weapon against so- cial and economic inequality. The study argues that the type and quality of education given a child Iras only a marginal ef- fect on his or her academic suc- cess or ultimate earning capa- bility. Schools across the Uni- ted States prowde all children with a considerable opportunity to learn, the report states, "if they have the right initial skills and motivation. If children lack these initial skills or motivation, virtually no school teaches them much." This is being recognized even by inveterate egalitarians. Prof. Jeffrey Gray of Hie de- partment of experimental psy- chology at Oxford argues on the basis of long-term research that class differences are caused by genes, and if all environmental inequalities were to be re- moved, the position of the low- est-paid workers would be moved only half-way to that now occupied by semi-skilled workers. "Hardly a social Prof, Gray says. Only two-and-half per cent o! c h 11 dren of unskilled parents reach the average IQ of tha children of higher professional parents. Similarly, two-and-half per cent of children of the high- er professional classes have a lower IQ than that found among children of unskilled workers. Social mobility, both upward and downward, is thus restrict- ed by nature itself. Prof. Cray's conclusions are that it is wick- ed to give extra rewards for in- telligence that is the result of genes, since people will always perform their tasks according to their ability and without the need of incentives. This too has been tried. Those who know the special shops in the Communist countries, the dachas and servants provided for people whoi'e ability is derived from their genes, and those who observe the decline of the British economy where in- centives have been taxed cut of existence, will perhaps permit themselves a fleeting smile at (he learned professor's naively. The pursuit of happiness, whether by statutory right en- shrined in a c o n s I i t u t i o n or through an ideological dog- ma, has t u r n e d oul to be the pursuit of chimeras. The satis- faction of having brought a uni- versity establishment to its knees" hy forcing it to institute a course of black studies, or nf women's liberation, soon sours v." h c n the course to open the vaguely perceived paradise. The frustrations of the worker on the assembly line for whom Ihe union obtained a mas- sive raise are only magnified when he finds out that the raire is followed by an even more nnssivo rise in prices. Tlie century cNpcriment in cgnlitarianLsm has miscar- ried, and this i.s what the cial upheavals are ail about. do not know much sui'- the generation caught in the middle have to endure before a new order has emerged. Nor can guess at the nature of this order. Ihe f.igi.pasl.s seem rddly familiar aid not. at all heartening. Everyone's rest The Church In Koclcl; In February, I'Jiiii, y national Commis- sion on Etnoliontil and learning Disorders in Children was established. Sponsors were The Canadian Association for Retarded Children; the Canadian Council on Chil- dren and Youth; Ihc Education Association; The Canadian .Mental Health Association; The Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled: The Canadian Council and one international spon- sor. Dr. Barnardo's, a Christian organiza- tion with headquarters in the United King- dom. I Is task monument! the first major study in Canada of tlie present over- all picture of the care cf children inckid- irg education and social services. Mount- im; concern across the country for the.'e cliildren made it urgent that the commis- sion assess the problem and recommend solutions. More than 100 people in Canada contributed to Ihc commission's task. Its report, now published, is entitled "One Million Children." The report cites the two main challenges faced by Ilieir body: that means be found to eliminate the negative influences en child development, internal fjie United Church of Canada and external. Thus prevention of disabil- ity is a major goal. The second challenge was to envisage a system of services in education, health, welfare, and corrections that would maintain ynd strengthen the healthy development of the child. Thus where disorders cannot Uiuir goal would be to minimize their sig- nificance in the total life of the child and to enhance to the maximum extent his po- tential for normal development. The commission's recommendations cov- er the organization of services on the local, regional, provincial and federal level, the planning of policy, the training of per- sonnel, rolos for professionals, roles for citizens 3nr1 volunteers, and necessary re- search. The importance of the for citizens ar.d volunteers cannot be over-emphasized. For without these back-up crews, the front- line professionals face an impossible task. As the report notes, "the state makes a poor parent'1 but friends, relatives and neighbors aiding the parents, can give a child the continuity of care that i.s so es- sential to his or her well-being. Offensive driving Kv Jim Fishbonrne Any lingering doubts T may have enter- tained ES to the efficacy of ESP have been dispelled by a gentleman who lives right here in River City. He drives a green- ish and without doubt he has second sight. Tlus chap always knows I'll be driving along Scenic Drive, especially when I have chosen that route because of the 40-mile speed limit. And he gets his signal long enough in advance to be able to hop Into his car and join mi? at a point about ten feet in front. Then, settled com- fortably in the sole driving lane, he put- ters sedately along at ten or twelve miles an hour, oblivious to me or anything eke in the world, swerving just a bit now and then and judging on-coming traffic so ex- quisitely that not even Jackie Stewart could pass him. The range of his peculiar gift extends beyond the vicinity of Scenic Drive; he also knows when I'm to be on 13th Street 16th Avenue or any of several thoroughfares usually thought of as "through" streets. Warned in advance of my approach, ha lurks at an intersection until he can slip in front of me and set up his one-car block- ade. On 13th Street there is an added event, the Ceremonial Left Turn. This manoeuvre, preceded by several blocks at a safe and sane ten miles nn hour, starts with a care- fully timed Squeeze Right, aimed at dis- couraging anything so rash or discourteous as an attempt to slip by on that side before tile conclusion of the ceremony. Next cornea the Dead Stop, a kind of mini-park, accom- panied by the rythmic wagging of one or the other (it varies) signs! light, while it is be- ing ascertained beyond any reasonable (or unreasonable) doubt that no vehicle in sight or in town, perhaps is moving. This having been established, the Turn it- self is executed, with due deliberation and meticulous care, usually accompanied by a great deal of horn blowing from the line of cars by this time assembled a cac- ophony to which I manage to contribute a sort of gibbering obligate. Tlus man's remarkable prescience mer- its proper investigation, BS will be acknow- ledged by anyone who has encountered him, or a similarly gifted driver. I have even considered some modest experimentation myself. Solely in the interests of science of course, I may try to discover how well his peculiar power would function ns a warning device, in the event that the driv- er of another car mine, for example were to suddenly go berserk and approach him from the rear, or the side, during tha Ceremonial Left Turn manoeuvre, at a speed of 00 or so miles per hour. Watch the obituary column for further developments. Poor pornography The Happy Hooker contrary to my Impression before a kind lady loaned me her copy of the book is not a children's tale about a single-masted fishing smack. As a sequel to LUHe Toot, only the Htls has any revelance. Apparently The Happy Hooker lias cre- ated sometlung of a sensation in the East, where the author, Xariera Hollander, who is billed as "the most famous and success- ful madam in York has ap- peared on TV to promote her work blow her own porn, so to speak. When one review's a book that details the activities of callgirls, one is fiercely tempted to repeat the old wheeze about an anthology of pros. Having resisted Ihls devil, I yield In the nastier urge to comment on Tlie Happy Hooker as a piece of writing, .Miss Hol- lander's style reflects an occupational haz- ard by being prevalently flat. Her ventur- ing into writing is ai example of another gocd profession being mined by amateurs. Good pornography, like any other minor art form, requires a great deal of style to compensate for the banality of the subject matter. Having the literary Krares of the in en's convenience for the Ktaten Island ferry, Miss Hollander tries to leaven her "life by describing her carnal exploits as haili hetero- and homosexual. She is sort of an all-rounder, has the comprehensive enthusiasm we bokcd for bought our copies of The Boys' Animal, lint I have liecn disappointed hy Miss Hollander's strenuous effort to make pros- titution sound like a fun thing. Never hav- ing availed myseK of the sen-ices of what tho French bluntly call "la I was hoping to be convinced thai khere was, after all, some truth to the legend of the good-hearted where who has a sense of mission. Knowing what it is like to keep churning away at the job just for the money, I am struck glum by the thought that thousands of attractive young women are equally com- mercial about what they put between cov- ers- Miss Hollander tells us that she docs en- joy her calling. In fact she tells us on about every other page of the book. "Melhinks the lady doth protest too says a small voice behind my left ear, the part of my brain that co-ordinates the killjoy. She is teliing us we want to hear, we who sometimes phantasize about being trapped in a hotel elevator with an absol- utely smashing lady of the evening, who refuses to let iis press the emergency but- ton because she is hopelessly sniJtUn with us as a benefit performance. Therefore has The Happy Hooker climb- ed, sinuously, onto Vr-c best-seller list, its au'hor lias credentials as a professional, like, the pro footballer. The foo1.bailer tells us that his game is a dirty, vicious racket. The madam tells us that the brothel, that oasis of bliss, should be called "a house of pleasure.1' AYhore does this leave spectator .sport? Brully confused, says I. who on the- whole was happier rending The House Corner, (Vancouver Province feniurp) Pooh The hourly charge Pv Jim Kislihoume A RECENT edition of a news- paper carried an advprlisemciil by an association o! electrical c'on-tr.ictcxs prospective customers of a change in hourly charges for the services of their This is in consequence of a newly negotiated labor contract, which pro- vk'o- for nn in basic pay fringe bonrfits. The nou" p-y rrr.c is to bu per In addition to the employer will have to contribute to 1-he cost cf the fringe benefits. He will nUri simply lools ind lo emplcycos jibing lo and from outside work. He mus. Tlain admmis'.rath n costs.