To The Ed­i­tor

The Goderich Signal-Star - - OPINION -

Goderich Sig­nal Star We are nearly at the end of 2016 and what a year it has been. How can hu­mans be­ings do other hu­mans what we have seen in the past few years? In 1955 Ein­stein warned, “Po­lit­i­cal pas­sions, once they have been fanned into flame, ex­act their vic­itims. Man has wi­htin him­self a lust for ha­tred and de­struc­tion which oc­cas­sion­ally yields to a col­lec­tive psy­chosis”. Joseph Kraft a Free Press colum­nist worte in 1979 - “Ein­stein shared an il­lu­sion with most of us that some­how un­seen hand, some Prov­i­dence, re­ally wants peace among men. There­cord shows how truly hard it is to ob­tain peace. Ge­nius clearly is not enough - nor good­will - nor ther­apy in it’s var­i­ous forms. A bal­ance of forces has to fig­ure into the equa­tion, and a ca­pac­ity, frought with risk, for con­stant ad­just­ment. Even then there is no guar­an­tees for sta­bil­ity and or­der. The best that can be done is to tilt the odds against war.” As we step into 2017 let us re­mem­ber Ki­pling’s words: “Though all we know de­part, The old com­mand­ments stand; In courage keep your heart, In strength lift up your hand.” Mary Bere

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