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farm, isolationism, electricity out - Looking At Life------By Erich Brandeis COME...
Looking At Life------By Erich Brandeis COME little time ago the news*J paper handlers went on strike and there were no papers delivered at the house for several days. It happened at the same time as the storm that kept us withou* electricity for three days, so there was no radio working either. Weil. I told you in the middle of the week how suddenly we had been transported back into an earlier century, but nothing made me realize it as much as the complete absence of news. Here we ware in a' world of action and of daily important happenings, yet we were living in a vacuum, completely unaware of what was go- j, ing on. And then I did >\ a bit of thinking Jj and I began to realize how many J people live in a \. vacuum all their {•; lives. {• Just down the road from us there is a farm family—20 miles from New York BRANDEIS —who may as well live in a wilderness as far as their intellectual and cultural existence is concerned. There are several young people in that family, but all they are interested in is their farm and their clothing and their food. The world in relation to them means nothing. News interests them only if it is local gossip about people they know. They go to church, yes, but religion to them is nothing that makes their lives fuller, but only a routine that has to be followed because all the neighbors follow There is so much talk about isolationism nowadays that I wonder sometimes whether the average person really knows the meaning of isolationism. We, here in America, have finally abandoned isolationism in its relation to the world in general. But in every state, in cities and villages and en the farms, there are millions of isolationists who have no interest in anything thst coes noi direci- ly concern them. There are millions who think that the earth revolves around them, that they are the hub of the universe. They care nothing about progress or science or art or politics except as it concerrs their cattle, their homes, their physical comforts. V * 9 TTTHAT is the use of talking W about world peace, unless we first succeed in making the people who live in the world people of the world? And if you don't believe me, just sit down for a minute and think what will happen to the v/orld when you are gone.

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  1. Lubbock Morning Avalanche,
  2. 21 Jul 1945, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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