From the Vault
July 20, 1967.
Happiness, we are often told, is but a state of mind. The grouch or pessimist, we say, “drags his storm clouds with him wherever he goes.” But it would seem that to be an optimist these days would require a weak mind. Or being blind so you could not see what is going on. Just a few for instances to start the week; it simply couldn’t rain any more; the railroad strike was on’ if we were not losing the war in Vietnam, we certainly were not winning it, at any rate, we were pouring money and men into the quicksand; McNamara’s best idea apparently for Vietnam was to send more men; race riots were tearing American cities apart and innocent citizens, policemen and firemen were losing their lives and others their property. The result, no doubt of the negro’s tough economic situation but a dozen Solomons couldn’t come up with a solution. At least no solution in a decade, generation or perhaps a century. And Walter Reuther will very likely raise Cain with the nation’s economy by demanding his pound of flesh from the auto industry. And, of course, the railroad machinists or any other striking Union, will want what they want and the country be damned. So, I’ll join the cheering if you can find something to cheer about.
– Up and Down the Street. By Frank Hornstein,
Nov. 18, 2015.
We all hoped that 2015 would be a hopeful year, and we hoped that the tragedies that have occurred would never happen. But they have, and those tragedies are forcing us to take a step back and think.
We need to think of the people of France. These people live inside a country believed to be somewhat safe from large scale terrorism. The terrorist attacks in Paris recently caused the death of 129 people, and injured 352. Families have lost someone dear to them in one of the worst ways imaginable. The people of France, and the people of other countries, have lost their sense of normalcy and safety.
The events in Paris have forced a new and pressing matter to come to the minds of citizens of countries around the world: the Syrian refugees who are asking for a safe place to live. I understand the fear and uncertainty surrounding them. When you first hear the word Syria you automatically will think of ISIS and the terrorism based attacks, but if you look farther in you can see that these people are against ISIS just as much as we are. They are fleeing their home so they can feel safe again.
Maybe we could look back farther into history, and compare them to the Jewish people who tried to escape their sentence from Hitler and who were refused refugee status into the United States. Are these people that much different? Their situation is different because of the attacks, but at the very core there is not much to differentiate them from Jewish people of our world’s past.
No answer is exactly black and white, but are we sacrificing our humanity because of the fear ISIS has attempted to implant inside of us? Have they succeeded?
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