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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE September 14.1974 It takes heart Lethbriclge and its residents have a great many things in which it and they can take pride. The city's response to last year's United Way drive is not one of them. It's hard to understand why communi- ty support for this co-operative philanthropic effort dropped off, but the sad truth is that, in spite of its affluence, Lethbridge did less well than other cities oi the same size in Canada. It's time to do a bit of soul searching about this unwillingness to accept finan- cial responsibility for the many needed and worthwhile organizations which shelter under the umbrella of the United Way. According to comparative statistics, generosity sags the most among professionals, while industrial workers have done as well here as in other cities. What does this say about Lethbridge? Are the affluent residents of this city simply less charitable and more hedonistic than residents of other Cana- dian cities? Or do the residents of this city object to a single, unit appeal? The excuse is sometimes heard that prospective donors prefer to give to the charity of their choice. At best, this approach does not guarantee that money will be put where it is most needed; at worst, it is an excuse for not giving at all. Sensibly and pragmatically, the most efficient way to collect donations for organizations which depend on communi- ty generosity is to do it in one organized drive. This idea may offend some donors because it seems too much like paying taxes, but the saving in time, money and effort is undeniable. More importantly, a united drive enables small, less visible but equally worthy causes like those of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Canadian Paraplegic Associa- tion and the Navy League to share in the appeal of larger and better known organizations which have more drawing power. It is this sense of shared opportunity among all participants which characterizes the United Way and which is in danger of being lost when associations which feel they can do better on their own pull out of the united drive. If and when this happens, a com- munity is left with a fragmented approach which is wasteful and general- ly annoying. And the real losers, as always, are those who cannot speak loud- ly enough for themselves. This year the United Way campaign will run for only one month, from Sept. 16 to Oct. 16. This doesn't give Lethbridge very long to decide whether it is going to support the idea of collective giving and all of the groups which benefit from the United Way. The goal is Lethbridge can afford this amount and it should. And it should not be given as a matter of civic pride but rather as a matter of heart. Take advantage of this opportunity Interest in this fall's civic election ought to be high. Council and the elected boards have not been able to please everybody by their decisions or failure to take actions. So there ought to be a number of people who think they could pertorm better than those now in office. And the opportunity to run for office only comes once in three years. Discontent with the performance of present aldermen and board members is not the only reason why there might be additional candidates seeking office this time There is a concern that one section the city is over-represented and that some interests may not be properly serv- ed in consequence. These considerations, however, do. not necessarily produce candidates. In some communities election time arrives without a full slate of candidates being nominated, requiring a scurrying around and a twisting of arms simply to ensure that the affairs of those communities are attended to. Lethbridge has been fortunate through WEEKEND MEDITATION the years to have had a Civic Govern- ment Association whose purpose it is to make certain that a full slate of can- didates are available prior to election day. No particular segment of the city or special interests are favored by the CGA. When it holds its open meeting at the Yates on Monday. September 16 at 8 p.m. the opportunity is afforded individuals to put names into nomination and to vote on those to be endorsed as CGA candidates. This procedure usually does not mean that an election proper is forestalled. There are already some candidates who have declared their intention to run independently and there could be some more of them who fail to win CGA en- dorsement in the balloting on Monday. Individuals and groups of neighbors who would like to introduce new names for the consideration of the electorate and who might be diffident about it on their own should certainly attend tue Monday meeting and avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the CGA. Man's spiritual quest A certain famous singer dropped out of public sight. She had no public performances and was not seen at prominent social events. One day a friend encountered her in a shopp- ing centre and asked her with great curiosity, "Where have you The singer told her that she had had a baby girl and was devoting herself to bringing the child up as best she could. "Don't you miss your en- quired the friend. "No." said the great lady. "Somehow it seemed to me that life would not be wasted but worthily invested, if I could make just one perfect thing." This is life's quest, but the greatest achievement is the perfection of character. How rare that is! Most fail dismally. That is why it is said that life's greatest sadness is not to be a saint. In a certain church can- didates for admission are asked. "Are you go- ing on to Do you expect to be made perfect in this The problem is that such a quest may make a man arrogant or give him an arthritic conscience. Nothing is more painful than the self-conscious moral prig. Indeed it is said that no one can be a saint if he thinks he is! The only hope then is the knowledge that the good man is not self-made. The Holy Spirit makes him. Thus an article in the state- ment of faith of a church reads. "Sanctifica- lion is that renewal of our fallen nature by the Holy Ghost, received through faith." Thus a man is saved from the power of sin and "enabled through grace, to love God with all (his) heart and to walk in his holy com- mandments blameless Surely for a Chris- tian the commandment is clear enough as -lesus said. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." i Matthew Perfectionism is absolutely obligatory therefore. In every act and word a person dmdcs for or against God. The passionate pursuit of perfection is the mark an artist George Sand said of Chopin that 'He ivnuld shut himself up in hi? room for whole days, weeping, walking, breaking his pens, repeating and altering a bar a hundred times and spending six weeks over a single page. "Michelangelo worked on the painting of the Sistine Chapel day and night, so that when he took off his shoes and some of his clothing the skin came off too. Toscanini took 10 years, two symphony orchestras, and 26 attempts to make a 23-minute recording of Debussy's "La Mer." So one could go on indefinitely "What do you more than was a test for behavior that Jesus put to the disciples. "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you shall in no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Yet the Pharisees were perfec- tionists themselves in their own way. But what hard hypocrites they made of themselves! Without humility and awareness how far one falls short of the divine perfec- tion, the quest is morally destructive. This quest for perfection does not belong to any single denomination of the church. While John Wesley emphasized it strongly, he deriv- ed the inspiration for it from Bishop Jeremy Taylor of the Church of England. Thomas a Kempis. the Roman Catholic mystic, and William Law. a clergyman of the Church of England. Yet what great religious personali- ty did not have this passion for complete obedience to the will of God? "Thou will'st that I should holy be: That holiness I long to feel: That full divine conformity To all my Father's righteous will." This is the destiny of every man, his true destiny, bul let him remember thai it is not a human achievement, bul a divine gift. Never be dis- couraged in your quest, since there can be no limits set to the divine power and grace. Have faith in God. He who has begun a good work an you will see it through. He will not fail nor be discouraged. PRAYER: Breathe on me breath of God. Til I am wholly Thine, Until this earthly part of me Glows with Thy fire divine." F S M No call for pointedness By Doug Walker Our minister spoke on the theme of Labor wd ReM on Labor Day Sunday One of the points he made was that we all need a break