Thursday 29 August 2002

History 101 - The Dream Is Dead

By John Brand, D.Min., J.D. Columnist (US)

"One age misunderstands another; and an age without vision misunderstands all others in its own nasty way." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness." - T.S. Eliot

America's problems, screaming at us from the headlines of the daily papers, are endless. What is our country's underlying disease? Is it terrorism? Is it our balance of trade deficit running into the billions? Is it a President who does not even think twice about shredding the Bill of Rights? Is it the millions upon millions whose credit card debts are staggering? Is it corporate executives who have no sense of morality? Is it the declining stock market?

None of the above are the substantive issues confronting our nation. They are merely symptomatic of our fundamental disorder. Our President desires to take our nation into a senseless war. It seems that neither he nor his clones have any real ideas about the disastrous consequences of such a venture. Yet, not even this Vietnam-like insanity is our basic problem. What is it then?

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