Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, September 5, 1970 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Margaret Luckhiirst Come, Come, See Our Parents Study! I was a girl growing up in the country we went through certain routines that became almost a tradition. In the evening for example, after supper was over and the chores all finished up, the kids In the family gathered around tha dining table to do their home- work. We almost constituted a regular 'night school' as thera were so many of us, but it worked out rather well since we'd all help one another in areas of uncertainty or diffi- culty. Mother and dad were al- ways around to help out if we got bogged down, hearing our memory work or listening to Latin roots. Although this was all quite some time ago, I've observed that family patterns do not change very much. In spite of educational progress with fancy labs and new math that seem to make 2 plus 2 add up to 5, parents are still called upon to lend scholarly assist- ance to their thick-headed chil- dren, particularly around exam time. Mind you, the Home and School Association as well as a large percentage of teachers are diametrically opposed to meddling parents interfering with class assignments, and they are quite vocal in their in- sistence that parents should jolly well mind their own busi- ness. However, parents being what we are (and we are, we regret to say, very often the only con- cerned ones on the receiving end of a poor report) there is a lurking suspicion in us that can add a measure of im- provement to the over-all marks by lending a helping hand. Probably because of our early patterns around, dining room tables, my husband and I reject the negative outlook of the esteemed bodies already mentioned, and when necessity arises we put aside all personal concerns to work with the backward student. Now to -be sure, most parents (including ourselves) dislike hearing les- sons, drilling spelling, puzzling over geometry problems and so on. But if we want our chil- dren to aim for more than a mere pass then we must help them out'and to heck with of- fical opinions. Ax a helper-outer of long, years standing I can assure you that it's not an easy task. No matter how hard you try, you won't really become wildly enthusiastic about fighting the Battle of the Plains of Abra- ham all over again and if you've several children to get through this era in history you'll develop a funny feeling you and General Wolfe ara going steady. You'll be such a regular guest at the Boston Tea Party that you'll wish Colum- bus had found the world flat after all and sailed on and on until he finally plopped off. Just think of all the history that event would have saved. A word of warning however, With all your kindly assistance, there comes a time when you will have to admit you're beat- en. The literature and sciences in our high schools today are a long way from Rebecca of Sun- nybrook Farm and the noxious ability to make rotten egg gas, so you. have to face up to the fact that from Grade 10 on, regardless of the extent of your own education, it's best to bow out and 1st the kids muddle through on their own. In the lower grades however, ignorance is no excuse. Experience has taught me that a little assistance during Grades 5, 6 and 7, can do won- ders to settle a restless child into good study habits that will persist all through school. The year Geoffrey was in Grade 7 is a good case in point for he was having a bad year in that he simply wouldn't do his homework. He'd wander around for an hour looking for a pencil, then claim he'd been studying all that time. When finally he brought home an in- different report with poor marks in history and geogra- phy, liis father and I decided it was time to do something. Daddy, without so much as flipping a com, announced h'e'd take over the history depart- ment, so that I, who never know where north is, had to pound geography into our apa- thetic son. Each evening for an endless half hour I'd lock my- self up with Geoff and, priming my patience to the full, go over his lessons with him. Unfor- tunately he had the concentra- tion of a rabbit and could be distracted every time I turned the page. "Geoffrey, name two rivers In South America." "The Amazon, and the, ah, the, ah, the fcotball game is on now." "The what, I'd try to keep cool. "The football game." "Not that Geotf, for pity sake, now think. Name two rivers in South America." "The Amazon." "YOU SAID There must be fifty rivers in South America, now just name one more for me." "The ah, the, ah, can I have a "The Orinoco, you fathead I just asked you that very question ten minutes ago! How can you forget so soon. Now try and concentrate. What is "It's a kind of gum, and you shouldn't shout Mummy." "Well, at last, a glimmer of light. Now, what does bauxite come from." "I don't know, I hate geogra- phy anyway, it's a stupid old subject. I think I'll run away from home." "Lock Geoff, I don't like this any better than you do and if anyone is going to run away from home it's going to be me. Now then, what's Bolivia fam- ous Actually, considering the ef- fort we put into it, he did very well on his exams. I was a little miffed to sea that his father got the higher mark, in history, but I didn't complain. Geography just doesn't come easy to me either. If my message here has en- couraged you to help with home- work when it's needed, let me sound just one word of caution. Many schools are still using Grade 1 readers patterned after the Dick and Jane model and if you don't want to be driven bonkers by the repeti- tious 'come, come, see Puff, see Father see Puff etc., then leave that work strictly to teacher because she's become deaf to-it. There is a limit to patience even on the part of parents, and in this particular area you'll find ttie story con- Having A Splashing Good Time by Walter Kerber Book Reviews A Critique Of Today's Sexual Love "Love And Will" by Roilo May (Norton, 352pp., S8.75, distributed by George J. Mc- Leod, p SYCHOTHERAPIST Hollo May's discussion of love in the first part of his book should be o" wide interest. His discus- sion of will in the second part is apt to have a more limited appeal. It wouldn't be sur- prising if the average reader bogged down in the analysis of will but he is not apt to feel cheated because he will have got his money's worth by that time. The sexual freedom of today turns out to be a new form of bondage in the view of Rollo May. A new puritanism is ty- rannizing people today. It is seen in the obligation many people feel to enter into sexual relations even though no signi- ficant encounter of personali- ties has been made. New anxie- ties have emerged to replace those that used to accompany the circumscription of the sex act. Now people are only anx- ious about whether they per- form satisfactorily. By enthroning the orgasm new kinds of guilt feelings are experienced. Once guilt experienced for having en- gaged in illicit sex acts; today it is apt to be the result of feelings of failure in the pro- duction of an orgasm. The at- tempts to ward off the neces- sity of having such feelings have reached ludicrous propor- tions some mea even use anaesthetics to help prolong the sex act! Under the obligations of the new puritanism it has become necessary to talk of the sex re- lationship using only the four- letter term. Some counsellors will not permit their clients to use any other term. How's that for tyranny! Rollo May points out that a good dea.1 of hostility is asso- ciated with the sex act that is characterized by that four- letter term. This is clearly evi- dent in the fact that it is per- haps the most popular word employed in verbalizing hostili- ty. The submission to bondage under the new sex approach has a dehumanizing effect upon people. Instead of the sex act being something special in in- ter-personal relationships it be- comes a mechanical biological function. At a recent rock fes- tival, a young man got to the microphone and announced, "I need an orgasm. Will someone help The absence of any sense of personal regard for another, as in this instance, certainly diminishes the impor- tance of partners in the act almost to the vanishing point. Mechanized sex is evident in the facial expression of its vic- tims such as the naked girls in Playboy magazine. They are uniformly vacuous. These girls demonstrate that Playboy "has only shifted' the fig leaf from the genitals to the face." Despite all the sexual activi- ty or talk about it there is amazingly little meaning or even fun in it. Hollo May thinks the current compulsion about sex is part of the great con- spiracy to repress the fact of death. "Sex is the easiest way to prove our vitality, to dem- onstrate we are still 'young' attractive, and virile, to prove that we are not dead yet." This is enough to indicate that Rollo May has some really provocative things to say in his critique of sexual love or is it unlove? on the modern scene. Bull sessions among young people could obviously be made lively by the introduc- tion of Oils book into their midst. DOUG WALKER. Great Nonsermons No Exception "Cleon" by Cleon Jones with Ed Hcrshey (Coward- McCann, 191 pp., SG.25, distri- buted by Longmans Canada "yERY few people under thir- ty y e a r s of age have achieved sufficient to warrant the publication of a book about themselves. Cleon Jones is no exception. It is surely a mistake to let oneself be persuaded to rush into print as a "one and only" sports celebrity on the basis of one or two good years as a ma- jor league baseball player. The quite unspectacular year that Cleon Jones is having ia 1970 is evidence of that. There is so little that Cleon Jones can tell about himself that fully half this short book is devoted to an almost day by day account of the 1969 season when his team, the New York Mets, won the world champion- ship in baseball. Very likely the book was really written to cash in on the interest in that amaz- ing development. Embarrassment over prema- ture public preening mingles with dismay that an accomplish- ed sports writer could produce such a flat and unexciting book. But readers of sports are so avid they will devour anything and everything so even this book will likely sell. DOUG WALKER. Boxing Zapped "Matilda" by Paul Gallico (Coward McCann, 3I3pp., 56.95, distributed by Long- JJEADERS who are weary from struggling with the psychological and sexual nov- els of the time will find a wel- come relief in this entertaining story about a boxing kangaroo. It is a story filled with humor and surprises. Apparently Paul Gallico doesn't think highly of boxing as a sport. He has his sports columnist character reflect that the dirtiest kind of'rack- eteering is associated with "the often sordid business of prize- fighting, the public torture of human beings." The Mafia has a role in the story and as is fitting for a fantasy is out- maneuvered. But boxing takes a beating is zapped. Paul Gallico has established such a good name as a writer that it has ceased to be neces- sary to recommend his books. This book enhances his reputa- tion even more. DOUG WALKER. "Fire and Blackstone" by John K. Fry (Lippincott, soft- back, 248 pp, distributed by McClelland and TJOOKS of sermons once a publishing infrequently these days for the simple reason that there isn't much demand for them. Here is a book of sermons that could not be denied pubb'cation for the very good reason that they are exceptional. They take the white reader into the heart pi the black ghetto wherte he will repent of his arrogance or will angrily resist not only the blacks but white preacher John Fry. Lawyer theologian William Stringfellow has predicted that John Fry will either be jailed or lulled because he affronts the authorities of both state and church. says Stringfellow, "consis t e n 11 y shows .that these authorities will not allow such a man to be free or to live very long." As minister of First Presbyter- ian Church in Chicago, John Fry has gained notoriety for his championing of a gang of black boys known as the Blackstone Rangers. The almost predict- able consequence is that he was arraigned before the U.S. Senate investigating subcom- mittee on suspicion of Com- munist subversion, in 1968. Sub- sequently the Presby t e r ian Church did its own investiga- tion, vindicating John Fry. The sermons in this book deal wilh issues before people in the America of today. They lee off from biblical passages in the most arresting fashion and crackle all the way to their conclusions. The insights are profound as, for instance, his interpretation of why the gain- ing of speech by a mute man is revolutionary. Some of his analogies are unforgettable as in the case of the illegitimacy of introducing into a bridge game the supertrumping ace, a purple dragon. State and church authorities are forever trying to supertrump against the critics and rebels. His lan- guage style is vivid not the slovenly stuff so many grubby moderns wallow in and often humorous in spite of the poi- gnancy of his themes. In the introduction Mr. Fry discusses at some length his departure from the sermon style taught him by two great preachers George Buttrick and Paul Scherer at Union Theologi- cal Seminary in New York. This discussion may not mean much to most readers but hav- ing also been exposed to the teaching of Dr. Buttrick (in a summer session at Berkeley) on sermonizing, it interested me. If departure from the structural style to the unstruc- tured results in "nonsermons" then on the basis of what is found in this book my judge- ment would be: let's have more nonsermons! DOUG WALKER So They Say I don't think many guys ara all that much for the war. Who is? I'm not. But have you got to scream filth and make faces at God just to show how you feel? If those Hds (anti-war demonstrators) want to be against the war, it's 0-K. by me. I might even agree witli thorn. But when they spit on the flag and call the President a pig, that's where I get off. Pete Galeno, New York con- struction worker. Focus on the University By J. W. FISHBOURNS tent so far from the Little Red Hen and Chicken Little that you remember in your reader, you'll be tempted to question the intellectual development oE our entire nation. Next time a poor report comes into your house don't rush over to the school to scold the principal and upbraid the teaching staff. Haul out tha text books, brush out the cob- webs and get busy. Even if your child doesn't benefit too much from your tireless efforts just think what it will do for you! Why Can't The English ACCORDING to a respected dean at a nearby institution, young people enter- ing university today are deplorably de- ficient in their use of English, He claims that they speak it atrociously, understand it indifferently, and scarcely can write it at all. That is in the realm of simple com- munication. As for their ability to appre- ciate or even recognize good literature, he throws up his hands in despair. Probably because I'm not a literary type, I don't find the situation quite as upsetting as does the good dean. I must admit, however, that modern English usage can be baffling at times. Especially difficult for simple souls like myself, is the way in which particular catch-words come and go. I usually find that by the time I've figured out what they are intended to re- veal (or conceal, perhaps) they are no longer in vogue. (Like hemlines, when I come to think of it.) I'm not thinking of words like pollution, ecology, environment and so forth, which are enjoying such popularity nowadays. They are being over-worked, and frequent- ly used and misused by individuals who scarcely know what they are about, but by and large the words mean what they are supposed to mean. The ones that per- plex me are those that become the argot of a particular group, that uses them to convey a meaning that seems to have ab- solutely nothing to do with the dictionary. What, for example, has "rapping" to do with communication? I suppose it could have something to do with the word rap- port; at least that's a more likely con- nection than my recollection of childhood attempts to persuade spirits to reveal themselves by "rapping." And really, how does one "blow" a mind? There are a number of constructions my imagination can place upon this particular term or phrase, but most of them are a little on the gruesome side. Then (here is "up- tight" which seems to convey to the current generation a blend of distress and excitement, with a little indignation stirred in. (In my day, light whether up, down or sideways meant something rather different.) There are dozens of others and while doubtless colorful, I cannot see how they add to communication between the generations. And I have a couple of pet peeves, too. One of them is the lavish use of arcane terms by individuals who simply want to show off. (that's one from my generation) who are more concerned with appearing to be "with it" (one from theirs) than with conveying any meaning. That's someone of my vintage, babbling phrases two generations younger than him- self. Another irritant is as the anon- ymous f'ountainhead of everything evil, op- pressive or just generally disagreeable. The mythical entity we conjure up to ac- count for anything real or imaginary that we want to crab about, but of which we don't know enough to speak intelligent- ly. (For a while, "they" were "the estab- but thank Heavens that seems to be dying out.) I don't suppose this matters all that much to any of us; by and large we can convey our notions to one another when we really need to. I wonder, though, about archaeologists of the future, digging around in the Third World War ruins to try and find out what sort of a bunch we were. How do you suppose they'll translate some of the current colloquialisms they're bound to run across? I wonder, for instance, what sense they will make of a "groovy a "swinging" prime minister, oar even a "topless" waitress? The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORtEY Jesus Christ, The World's Wonder JT is astounding that, in an age of mir- acles and scientific marvels, so little is believed about The Man. Impossible we say for a man to walk on water, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to pass through doors, and disappear into thin air. Impos- sible too for us to believe that meekness, purity of heart, sympathy, and the quest for righteousness is the blessed life, the true wisdom. It is just possible that we are selling man short, that he has more possibilities in him than anything scientists have yet dreamed of, that man is as yet The Unknown, wise about the universe, ig- norant of self. Yet man need not be The Unknown. St. Paul told the Athenians that they need no longer worship "The Unknown God." It is just as certain that Jesus Christ declared the nature of man as that he declared the nature of God. "Truly God, Truly Man." Man's true nature was revealed if he cares to look. He lives in what H. G. Wells called The Kingdom of the Blind. You remember the story of the man who climbed over some mountains into a valley where every- one was blind. Vainly he tried to make them understand the nature of sight. They thought he had a strange deformity and wanted to operate on him, so be had to escape into the land of sight. Strange that a man like Malcolm Mug- geridge, formerly editor of Punch, who has poked fun at human pretensions and been incurably irreverent, encounters Jesus Christ and falls down in worship and as- tonishment. Strange that a Socialist like Bernard Shaw, who could be downright brutal and who once scoffed, "What has a Galilean peasant 'to teach our Twentieth confesses, "I see no way out of the world's misery but the way which would have been found by Christ's will if he had undertaken the work of a modern practical politician." Amazing that the most exhilarating studies on the meaning of Jesus in the world should have been written by one of the greatest scientists of our day, Teilhard de Chardin. Startling that the historian, who in faith claimed to be a universalist, proclaiming a faith which was an amalgam of Eastern reli- gions arid Western philosophies, should have given the strongest testimony to his faith in the uniqueness of Jesus in his pas- sage "The God Incarnate in a Man." "The One remains, the many change and pass As we stand and gaze our eyes fixed upon the farther shore, a single fig- ure arises from the flood and straightway fills the whole horizon. There is the Sav- iour; and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand: he shall see of travail of his soul and be satisfied." What a variety of biographers he has bad! What countless thousands of scholars have written huge books on his beliefs! Today translations of books on his life and are jamming the presses. Why, if the church is so innocuous, if Jesus is a myth, do millions hate him? H he is not dangerous, why do Communist na- tions fear him? Wolves never attack s painted sheep. They fear him for the same reasons that Oaiaphas, Herod, Pilate, and the crooked lawyers, teachers and business men of his time hated him and feared him. Professors and business men are much tha same today as they were lien. So are pol- iticians. They are the blind leading the blind, both falling into a ditch, as Jesus said. Fools all! They cannot see that Jesus was a man of divine reality who brought fire from heaven to burn up the evil, to illumine the earth. He gave an entirely new meaning to his- tory. He revealed entirely new dimensions for man's personality. He imparted a new power which he promised would make men children of God. But men scoff and say, "I cannot accept the Christian though they would never know about Jesus but for the Christian Church. Thus they find a reason (how dishonest they for rejecting Jesus. What fools they are! They should at least wrestle with the as- tounding possiblity that "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." That "Jesus Christ is the power of God." That "I am the way, the truth, and the life." That man has conquered all things except death. This is his one great enemy. He has found an answer to problems and sicknesses. He has no answer to death. You say, "No answer to sin, But the only death the Bible recognizes is death of sin. "The wages of sin is death." Think, if only for a moment, think, you pagans and atheists, you sensual, carnal men, you critics and destroyers. Listen to Browning: "I say the acknowledgment of God in Christ, accepted by the reason, solves for thee all questions in the and out of it." The Yippie 'Capitalists' By Don Oakely, NBA Service "THIS may be a repressive country, but the pay is darned good. Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, the two outstanding hippie yippie clowns in that circus called the "Chicago 7" trial, have been discovered by then1 arch enemies, the capitalists. Hoffman's two books "Revolution for the Hell of It" and 'Woodstock Nation" have sold copies, earning the author more than in advances, royalties and resale rights. Sale of the movie rights of the first hook reportedly brought liim another He .will also get a percent- age of the net profits of the film. Rubin's book, "Do an assemblage of asinine obscenities and obscene asininities, has sold copies and brought him some Both men deny they have sold out to capitalism in any way. Every penny that doesn't go for bail or lawyers is plowed into the revolutionary movement. But, admits Hoffman, "It's embarrass- ing. You try to overthrow the government and end up on the best-seller list." Another best-selling author, Harry Gold- en, summed it up a long tune ago: "Only In America."