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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September VI, 1971 1972 BUICK CENTURION times are ahead for the United Nations By WILLIAM L. RYAN NEW YORK (AP) With Pe- king now apparently assured of scats in General Assembly and the Security Council, it seems likely that hot times are nlicad for the United Nations. Over the years, Peking has lieen one of the organization's i-cvrresl critics. It would be far from surprising if the Commmi. Chinese, after feeling their way alxiui, proceeded with a campaign that would attempt to place (lie so-called Third World in conflict with the United and the Soviet Union. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in a study called Issues before the General Assembly, sees a possi- bility Hint Poking will assume Uie role of champion and pro- tector of small countries against alleged machinations by the Russians and Americans. This might mean, it adds, that "the two super-powers might be forced to change their indiffer- ent attitude toward the smaller slates, in order to maintain their own influence in the United Nations." TALKS MAY BE ISSUE For example, China could de- mand that disarmament talks no longer be the exclusive prov- inces of the big powers. Peking could insist that a commission be set up to include smaller countries, perhaps a large num- ber of them, to talk about such things as disarmament and nu- clear weapons. That might not enhance the chances for any meaningful agreement, but it would be a great opportunity for Peking politicking. The Middle East is Included in the area which Premier Cliou En-lai calls the "medium and small countries." China long has been poking about the edges of that chronic crisis and giving aid and propaganda support lo some Arab organizations. As a UN member. Communist China could thrust herself more forcefully into the Middle East situation. It could insist that the four-power talks be converted to five-power talks. During the Cultural Revolu- tion, when China had no real in- terest in getting into the United Nations, Peking insisted it would pose tough demands be- fore ever considering member- ship. It would demand expulsion of the Nationalists entirely, the lifting of the "aggressor" brand placed an it in connection with the Korean conflict, and the drastic reshuffling of the UN or- ganizational structure. MUTED DEMANDS After the Cultural Revolution subsided, Peking raited these demands. It continued to criticize what it called the super-powers' "vot- ing machine" and pictured the United Nations as a site for backstage collusion between the United States and tha Soviet Union. Now however, China might decide to forget about the more radical demands and concen- trate on the real opportunities. Armed with the veto power of a permanent member, Peking Miller popular name in school By EARLEEN FISHER M1LFORD, Tnd. (AP) The one-room country school house is only three years old. More than 'half its" 35 pupils are named Miller, and there are only four oiher surnames. Mill- ers, Yoders, Chupps, Hochste- tlers and they come to school in horse-drawn buggies, in a pony cart, on bicycles, and some run across the fields. These are the Amish, the plain people who shun electric- ity, automobiles and other luxu- ries of 20th century North America. And now, in increas- ing numbers, they are shunning the public schools they attended for decades. The white board school, named Maple Grove for the seedlings planted around it, is one of Indiana's 46 Amish schools. Many arc only a few years old. Maple Grove school is a way lo put prayer back into the classroom, to abstain from the public school gym classes that meant mass showers and brief to avoid the television .sets used in classrooms, and liclp maintain the Amish way of life. SICiN A TIUX'E I The creation of Ambh schools accelerated in 19G7 when the In- diana AmLsh Executive Com- niitlco and the Indiana public instruction department signed an agreement which was, in ef- fort, n truce. In the previous two decades, Amish schools occasionally had come under fire from the stnle, winch charged they failed to provide adequate education. Tho agreement between the Amish .ind Hie state included provisions for cumculum, con- slruclion, administration, tendance of the srli.xils. A scbtwl mii-st mrr-t 'state which Include em- plnyini; lenrlicrs with college ririd'ocs .-iral using slate-ap- proved to qualify for ac- creditation. which pupils usually nerd In enter colleges and pub- l.c schools need to receive state funds. tint the Amish aren't Inter- ested in going lo college, and parochial schools in Indiana cannot receive state did at present, anyway. .MUST STOP EARLY Neither of the school's two young teachers has a college ed- ucation, but one of them, at 21, has completed his fifth year of teaching. LaMar Hochstetler, like most Amish, attended school less than nine years, leaving at 10, the earliest legal age in Indi- ana. But. unlike most Arnish, he took a high-school-equivalency passed, al- though he did not prepare for the he thought he might want to leach. Amish children need their parents' consent to stay in school after 16. Few continue their education. Doing so with- out, parental consent may mean a break with church and family. "Tile parents don't think high school is too necessary, and if you stop and think about the kind of life we lead, not too much more than grade school is essential, LaMar said. DRESSES LIKE PUPILS Maple Grove's other teacher, 19-year-old Susan Upton, has lived among the Amish less than a year. She dressrs like the girls in her long plain cotton dress closed straight pins instead o[ buttons, a still white bonnet secured with straight pins to tighlly coiled braids on the back of her head slic hasn't decided whether to join the Anush church. Becoming Amish would mean shunning her mother, who left the church before Susan was born. Susan is paid SCO a week for teaching 14 first, second and fourth graders. By chnnce, there were no third grades last year. LaMar, as an experienced teacher, receives S75 for tcarh- at-1 ing the 21 fifth through eighth 1 graders. The lenders' .salaries, ns wHl ns tha sclijoul-ouiicd texts, financed by tuition and collec- tions r'tuiong church Parrnts pay MO n year for each child in school. SMALL TIME MOSCOW (AP) Microartist Paruir Arshakunl of Tbilisi has engraved the portrait of Arme- nian composer Alexander Epen- diarov on a human hair, the of- ficial Tass News agency re- ported. It said the work can be viewed only through a micro- scopo. could immobilize the Security Council at will to thwart any peacekeeping effort or prevent any meaningful action. Or, if it chose, it could threw weichty support behind small countries and try to force strong action in certain circumstances. These will be only a few of the possibilities ahead as main- land China, for the first time, takes her place as the repre- sentatives of a quarter of man- kind. Modern man dreads being solitary The problem of being human Ily ARNOLD TOVNBEE London Observer Service Modern man dreads being solHary. In his dormitory after working hours, if there is no one else in the room, he turns on the television, takes some alcohol or perhaps some more noxious drug, puts himself to sleep with B sedative, and waits for the start of the next working day. Of all the anaesthetics that modern man has at his com- mand, work is both the most respectable and the most effec- tive, and for this reason it also easily becomes the most com- pulsive. A modern rich man mil continue to work furiously, Rven when his earnings are 10 limes as great as his needs. In financial terms he is now working for the tax-collector, but in psychological terms he is still working for himself. Work is the sovereign anaesthetic, and, for modern man, this is an inestimable boon. It saves him from the solitariness that he fears and his fear is well- founded; for when a man is aJone he is really alone least of all: he is then naked In the universe; he is face to face with God; and tliis confronta- tion is formidable. Being a modern man myself, I have been a compulsive work- addict ever since I went to a hoarding-school. I dragged my- self with work at that stage in order to withstand the pressure of the school's primitive tribal way of life. The addiction has kept its hold on me, but 1 have been lucky. My work, like so many other people's, is partly a means of escape, but it is mainly an opportunity for fol- lowing my bent. For me, there- fore, work is not drudgery; but f see many people round me who submit to drudgery thank- fully because this is, for them, still a lesser evil than the lone- liness that they shun. What are we shunning; The contemplation of our human situation: tliis, I think, is what we dread. We have been brought into the world without our leave having been asked, and this world in which we have awoken to consciousness is alarmingly mysterious. We do not know why we are alive; we do not know that there is any reason at all for our existence. We do know that even the long- est human life is infinitesimally short by comparison with the age of this planet and of the universe. We also know that, brief though a lifetime is, it lasts long enough to make us aware thai our world and we ourselves are full of faults. If a non- malevolent and responsible- refuge in work, for pre-indus minded human being had been an omnipotent creator, he would not have made nature human Hung like what it is. trial work was dependent on the seasons. There were not yet those wheels that can turn, in an artificially lighted factory, for 24 hours in the day. There Tliis is disconcerting, and so were close seasons, in which is the paradox that a man, be-1 hunter or farmer or shep- ing conscious, is aware that he is going to die and abhors the prospect of death, though he knows that death is going to be the only complete release for him from the evils of life at which he repines. The contemplation of our hu- man condition has disturbed us ever since we became aware of our existence as individuals in- sulated from our corporat ex- istence as members of a fam- ily or a tribe. For primitive man, the terror of the prospect of the Individual's death seems to have been abated by the knowledge that he would leave living descendants behind him. This survival of death by proxy does not console modern man. He is an individualist and is perhaps also an agnostic. Mod- em man therefore takes refuge in anaesthetics, and most of all in the opiate of work, which keeps his thoughts away from contemplation by keeping his eyes fixed on the conveyor-belt or on the drawing-board. Pre-induslrial man could not take modern man's perennial herd was, perforce, left alone with his thoughts, and, in the pre-industi ial age, there were, in every society, some people who let their free minds turn to contemplation. Contemplation is not a pas- sive state, and it is also not a merely intellectual activity. Contemplation means facing the facts of our human condi- tion. It means confronting tho universe and God. and it is im- possible to confront God with- out trying to put oneself into harmony with the ultimate spir- itual reality, however difficult and terrifying this quest may be. Contemplation, in liu's ac- tive meaning of the word, is the activity that makes human nature human. No changes in mail rates OTTAWA (CP) Volunteer, charitable and welfare organi- zations will have to put up with new higher third class postal rates, Postmaster General Jean-Pierre Cote reported to the Commons. In a written return for Jack Mclnlosh (PC Swift Currenl- Maple he said the post office could set "preferential rates" for non-profit human- itarian and charitable organi- zations but this would bring "far reaching consequences" extending far beyond his de- partment. It would entail the post office making judgment on the indi- vidual merits of such organiza- tions, and there were about 000 registered with the department for tax purposes. GOING STRONG There are more than living Americans who have passed their 100th birthday. 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION The 1972 Buicks: cars for people with something better in mind. Ttie 1972 Buicks have a great deal in common with every Buick built in the past 69 years. You might call it engineering integrity; a preoccupation with excellence. And over the years it's made Buick a car to admire. Now, with our model lineup ranging trom the modestly-priced Skylark to the incredibly luxurious Electra 225, just about every new car buyer can own a Buick. Take our most popular full-size Buick, the LeSabre. Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Malic transmission, power front disc brakes and variable ratio power steering are all standard. And Buick-pioneered exclusives like nickel- plated exhaust valves, a semi-closed cooling system, and more. If you have something better in mind this year, see the 1972 Buicks. They're something to believe in. The 1972 Buick Centurion. A clean, personal car with spirited styling. It has our biggest engine, the 455-cubic-inch VB that runs on low-lead, no-lead or regular gasoline. It has Buick's traditional comfortable ride, but its stability comes from AccuDrive, Buick's suspension system that helps take bumpy roads, tight curves, even heavy crosswinds with ease. Centurion. For people who like the personal car idea. But also have families who need room. The Buick that makes it possible for younger families to move up to a Buick much sooner than they could ever have imagined. And because Skylark is a Buick, it doesn't shortchange you on the things you expect to find. Like a 350-cubic-inch V8 as standard equipment. Buick's exclusive semi-closed cooling system that should never overheat. And, ot course, traditional Buick interior luxury. Skylark. Happily priced to turn Buick lovers inlo Buick owners. And for growing families, very happy news. CHCVWO ttMSt Once you've owned one, there just isn't anything else that measures up. No wonder. Take Electra's ride. You have to experience it to believe it. But until you do, try to imagine a living room in motion...quiel, controlled, effortless molion. Electra 225. For the Jamily with something better in mind. 1972 Bukk Seat belts work only when they're fastened Soms tie uiumslodoi asscnoetf Is ol tiilra cost. SOM ETH ING TO BELI EVE IN ;