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A View of the Whole

A number of years ago the president of a college commented that the students were given many bits and pieces of knowledge with differing views of the world. At 9:00 they went to natural science class with one view of the world. At 11:00 they went to sociology with another view. At 1:00 they went to religion with yet another view. But they received no comprehensive, overall view anywhere.

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1960’s Culture

The self-censoring Hays Office in Hollywood cleaned up the risque I920s. In 1939, it had to approve Rhett Butler’s “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” in Gone with the Wind. By the 1960s, US self-censoring went the way of Britain’s. (Oh, for a few innocent damns, in place of what we have today.)

Paul Johnson (in his book, Intellectua . . .

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Currents of Change After WWII

After WWII there was talk of one world, but the world moved in the opposite direction. Eric Hoffer, longshoreman-philosopher, observed that “Dispersion of power is the only check to power there is.” So, with greater dispersion may come greater unity.

Max Ways (Fortune Magazine, Oct. 1970) noted two underlying super trends, which seem opposite but are complementary:

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American-Style Capitalism

Henry Ford started American-style capitalism. Ford was a product of the mid-west frontier, where people still respected one another as equals. Father Bruckberger (R.L. Bruckberger in Image of America) called Ford a “messiah of the machine” because Ford wanted to lift drudgery from the backs of men and put it onto steel and machines in factories, agriculture and transportation. . . .

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United States Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration. The New England contingent inserted the phrases that refer to Creator, Providence, and Judge:

When in the course of human events...people dissolve political bonds...a decent respect (for) mankind requires they declare the causes... We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed . . .