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              Tuesday, October 2 2001 

Let's do lunch - 2

It may be ironic that one of the bywords of the first Bush Presidency, to try to make America a "kinder, gentler nation" has come to roost in the administration of his son, President George W. Bush, less than a decade after the father's administration went out of office. Ironic because the impetus for the revival of a national friendliness is the desperation of major national catastrophe. The advice of the airliner pilot to passengers that they introduce themselves to their seatmates and find out a litte about each other (reported here earlier) could signal a new era of getting involved with our neighbors.

It's worth noticing here in this smalltown forum that urbanization may seem like human progress, but while the privacy urbanization offers is physically comfortable and alluring, its downside is that it invariably takes a toll on the human spirit. People who "mind their own business" and expect their neighbors to do the same, which is probably the defining hallmark of urbanization, invariably wreaks havoc on community, family, and personal morality, which is the basic building block of social morality. The fact that a whole progression of nationally known athletes can protest that they are not interested in being anyone's role models is a backwards way of saying they aren't interested in keeping any code of generally accepted personal morality. But who can blame them when, for decades before that development, the most successful entertainers, especially in the rock and roll world which is marketed expressly to teenagers and young adults, has thrived on flouting traditional morals.

I point the accusing finger at no one else, however, already having admitted in this forum that I don't know my neighbors, though I've lived at the same address now for 16 years. I even confess that part of that is that I "value my privacy." But I hope the pilot's suggestion starts something. I hope the trickle develops into a deluge of newfound neighborliness. It might even prove to be, somewhat, a deterrent to future indiscriminate terroristic attacks.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Three to go on (series of 15)

10. He who hesitates is probably right.

11. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

12. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

Sent by Sallie Covolo

What a difference a day made

Six years ago, I had to call a civil liberties lawfirm and ask them to call my son's junior high school and advise them his freedom of speech gave him the right to wear a T-shirt that said "God loves you" on it. Now, look at the way things are. I developed film for a school yesterday at the drug store where I work. An entire roll of film was of students gathered around the flag praying and wearing patriotic T-Shirts with "God Bless America" on them. I asked the teacher when she picked up the film what she was going to do with all of these pictures. She told me they were going into the school yearbook!

Sent by Gayla

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