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STORY ABOUT A PICTURE '
A nicely done cartoon is going the rounds of the standpat
organs that contains food for thqught. It is figured out that, if
John D. Rockefeller's fortune were put in trust, there would be two
billion dollars for his grandson by the year 1962, and. the standpat?'
ajtist gets in his fun by picturing a crowd of socialists anarchists
and progressives dancing about arid howling like savages for a 1GO
per cent inheritance tax on the two billions. Funny, isn'jt it?
Let us suppose that we are all ancient barbarians We haven't
heard Christ's message of love. We've seen no books and have no
learnings Wetye known no Socrates, Pasteur, Edison Washing-
ton, Spencer, Darwin, Wattsr Shakespeare, Raphael, Beethoven, or
any such. We've done no thinking or fighting for rights. We've
invented nothing. We don't know wqat civilization, arts or
progress mean. We're just plain barbarians of the year, say, 1962,
B. C. prety naked, prety dirty and tremendously hungry.
Over there, a ways from us, 150.000,000 stupid barbarians of
the year 1962, B. C, is a barbarian who has gotifood enough for at.
least a dozen fullmeals for each one of Us. He can'eat one per
cent of it. Probability is that he will try to eat Wore than is good
for him. All he can do with all that food is to hold it as his. It is
his simply "because e has it. '
What will we hungry barbarians do, in our ignorance and star
vation? Shall that fellow over there have all that food, and we
starve to death? No, we'll go over unto him and take from him,
what we need. That's what we brutal barbarians will do, and"
doesn't! it appear to be the just and humane thing to do?
Well, put this picture out of your mind and turn tohat of the
standpat artist. Before the grandson of Rockefeller and his two bil
lions', got from being put in trust, there are 150,000,000 people of
the year 1962, A. D. They've had near 2000 years of Christ's teach
ings and 5000 years of other teachings. They're civilized, educated,
christianized. They've fought for justice, bled for freedom and
equality, and arrived at what they call a high state of human de-
.velopment in every respect.
But the vast majority of them are very hungry hungry for
food, clothes, shelter, equality, freedom, life's comfqrts, happiness.
when we had our caves and our bearskin aprons or goatskin blank
ets, and only wanted food. '
Isn't it very likely indeed that the millions of 1962, A. D., will
cure the situation as our situation in 1962, B. G, was cured? Sure?
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