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The follen leaf
and budding branch
both rile my bloodstream
in a backward-forword thrust.
For that which wos
and yet is still to be
entwine my past
and future inextricobly.
East Side
(Continued from Page 1)
However, I’ve heard it said that “The North may have won the
war, but the South will win the Centennial.”)
Since my nodding acquaintance was made with the Constitu
tion of these United States, I have come to believe in, to respect,
and to hold as a precious thing those guarantees of individuals to
simple human dignity, to justice, to fairness and to equality unclci
the law.
I said a moment ago that I was near my dotage before I read
the Bill of Rights. Prior to that time I did read, and one of my
favorite books was — still is — Aesop’s Fables I recall is about a
house dog and a wolf. It seems a wolf, lean, half-starved, with his
ribs sticking almost through his skin, happened to meet a plump,
well-fed house dog. The wolf inquired how it was the dog was so
well fed, what with food being so hard for him to come by for him
self. The dog informed the wolf that if he’d work steady, helping
iiuii h^p thieves away at night, he’d be cared for by his master.
It seemed like a good idea to the starving wolf. The dog invited
him to the house to make arrangements with his master. While
trotting along, the wolf noticed a mark on the dog’s neck. He asked
what had caused it. The dog said it was nothing, that his collar
had probably been a little tight, and pulling on it, at the end of his
chain . . . but the wolf interrupted, asking if the dog was not allowed
to rove where he pleased. The dog said he was not, that, after all,
it was convenient for everyone for him to be tied during the day.
TTp wpnt nn tn t.pll thp wolf that, he rcnllv had Dlentv of sleep.
plenty to eat, and often from his master’s plate, fed to him by his
master’s hand, and that the servants offered him handouts from the
The wolf could stand it no longer; he turned and walked to
ward the woods, but he said to the dog before he left, “As for me,
I prefer my freedom to your fat.”
In looking back, I am glad to have read both the Constitution
of the United States and the fables of Aesop, for, it seems to me
that, under the Constitution, the moral of the fable is more than
obvious: That lean freedom is better than fat slavery.
There is no place in the nation for slavery, be it economic, po
litical, religious, or in any other form, and its fatness notwith
standing. Yet, we all know that slavery does continue to exist;
when men are denied their liberties guaranteed by the law of the
land, that constitutes a form of slavery. And when and where one
slave exists, it is a paradox, perhaps, but you’ll find two slaves, for
whomsoever would keep a man down must stay down with him.
In simple economic terms, we, as a Nation, as individuals, can
not afford to deny our freedom, our liberty to all men.
Were I asked at this moment, “For what do you stand?” chances
are, of course, I’d preach instead of replying; even so, I hope I’d be
truthful when I said, “The number of men who’ve died for liberty
is countless. I stand for the fattest possible freedom, and, I pray
to God I be given the opportunity to live for it.”
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hurt me, but because at point B
I kept repeating to myself such
stupid phrases as “What an awful
thing that someone said this about
me,” or “This is really more than
I ean stand.” If so, I might re
spond with just as discourteous a
remark, and back and forth the
words will fly—to the discomfort
of us both.
All very simple? Of course.
And of course not. They write,
“Let’s face it, man has trouble
thinking straight and acting well.
No matter how bright and well
educated an individual may be, he
invariably finds it easy, horribly
easy, to make a dunce of himself.
And not once or twice in a life
time, either. Continually, rather;
yes, almost continually . . .
“He has the most incredibly
mixed-up COMBINATION of
common sense and uncommon
senselessness you ever did see.
And yet, of course, he has done
and will doubless continue to do
absolute wonders with his mental
processes . . .
“Yes, man is a highly reason
able, brain-using animal. But he
also has distinct biological tenden
cies to act in the most ridiculous,
prejudiced, amazingly asinine
ways. He is, quite normally and
naturally, inclined to be childish,
suggestible, superstitious, bigoted,
and downright idiotic about much
of his personal behavior, particu
larly about his relations with other
human beings. And even when,
as often is the case, he KNOWS
that he is behaving in a self-de
feating, perfectly senseless man
ner, and knows that he would be
ed otherwise, he has such great
difficulty achieving and sustaining
a level of sound and sane behavior
that he rarely does so for any
length of time, but keeps instead
continually falling back to his
puerile ways.”
Here is offered no quick cure.
There is nothing easy about it.
There is, however, this certainty—
that the hard way IS the easy way
in the long run. We need to rec
ognize the truth, the facts, how
ever unpleasant we may be in
clined to insist to ourselves that
the truth may be. We need to see
ourselves and our world realis
tically, without self-blame, then
work at self-improvement. We
need to think and behave ration
ally, rather than emotionally, in
our own self-interest. As a mini
mum reward, we need never be
intensely miserable for any sus
tained period in our lives again.
Merely to accentuate the posi
tive, to be a “positive thinker”
may cause us to build castles in
the air, and when the real facts
of life destroy our “something for
nothing” expectations, we may be
worse off than before we started.
The important thing to attack is
our irrational negative thoughts.
The authors list ten “powerful, ir
rational and illogical ideas (that)
stand in the way of our leading
anxiety-free, unhostile lives.”
“Irrational Idea No. 1—is the
idea that it is a dire necessity for
an adult to be loved or approved
by almost everyone for virtually
everything he does.” It is better
to concentrate on our own self
respect, on loving rather than be
ing loved. Isn’t this more reward
“Irrational Idea No. 2: The idea
that one should be thoroughly
competent, adequate, and achiev
mg, in all possible respects.” We
should DO rather than always try
to do WELL, accepting our human
limitations and specific fallibili
ties. Who’s perfect?
‘Irrational Idea No. 3: The idea
that certain people are bad,
wicked, or villainous and that they
should be severely blamed and
punished for their sins.” Rather,
certain acts are inappropriate or
anti-social, and those who per
form them are invariably stupid,
ignorant, or emtionally disturbed.
Aren’t most of us?
‘‘Irrational Idea No. 4: The idea
that it is terrible, horrible, and
catastrophic when things are not
going the way one would like them
to go.” It is too bad, and cer
tainly we should try to change or
control conditions to make them
more satisfactory; but if this is
impossible, we had better resign
ourselves and stop telling ourselves
how awful things are. What’s
the sense of it?
‘‘Irrational Idea No. 5: The idea
that human unhappiness is exter
nally caused and that people have
little or no ability to control their
sorrows or rid themselves of their
negative feelings.” Virtually all
human unhappiness is caused by
the view we take of things rather
than the things themselves. We
have enormous control over our
emotions if we choose to work at
controlling them and to practice
saying the right kinds of sentences
to ourselves. Why continually pain
ourselves with our gripes?
‘‘Irrational Idea No. 6: The idea
that if something is or may be
dangerous or fearsome, one should
be terribly occupied with and up
set about it.” Rather, we should
frankly face it and try to render
| it non-dangerous and, when that is
impossible, think of other things
and stop telling ourselves what a
terrible situation we are or may
be in. What’s the point?
“Irrational Idea No. 7: The idea
that it is easier to avoid many life
difficulties than to undertake more
rewarding forms of self-disci
pline.” The so-called easy way is
invariably the much harder way
in the long run. To solve difficult
problems, we must face them
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squarely. What do we gain by
running away? ,
"Irrational Idea No. 8: The idea
that the past is all-important and
that because something once
strongly affected our lives, it
should indefinitely do so." We
should learn from our past ex
periences but not be overly-at
tached to or prejudiced by them.
Aren’t they past?
"Irrational Idea No. 9: The idea
that people and things should be
different from the way they are
and that it is catastrophic if per
fect solutions to the grim reali
ties of life are not immediately
found." My main concern is the
way I behave, the things I do. We
should concentrate on controlling
our own destiny, on the proper
cultivation of our own garden. As
for perfectionism, "humans are
NOT angels; events are NEVER
certain; decisions CANNOT be ab
solutely correct at all times.” Why
not face it?
"Irrational Idea No. 10: The idea
that maximum human happiness
can be achieved by inertia and in
action or by passively and uncom
mittedly 'enjoying oneself.’" We
tend to be happiest when we are
actively and vitally absorbed in
creative pursuits, or when we de
vote ourselves to people or proj
ects outside ourselves. Why not
start now?
"A human being in today’s world
does not HAVE to be unhappy.
Wonderfully enough, along with
his being endowed with more than
his share of inanity and insanity,
man ALSO has a remarkable ca
pacity for straight thinking. And
. . . if he intelligently organizes
and disciplines his thinking and
his actions, he can live a decidedly
self-fulfilling, creative, and emo
tionally satisfying life EVEN in
the highly unsatisfactory world of
This reviewer wishes to add the
highest of personal endorsement.
Doubtless the help that the con
tents of this book has been for this
one person is also true of many
others, and, hopefully, for many
more to come.
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by Finley Hays
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