compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
& DON'T LOOK TO THE MOUNTAINS
for our inspiration to become -
MERCHANTS of LOVE not MERCHANTS of DEATH
"Whether you feel that your soul is pleased by the conception or contemplation of harmonies or that your mind is stimulated by the aspect of magnificent problems or whether you are content to have fun in trying to observe and depict the jolly things you see, the vistas of possiblity are limited only by the shortness of life. Every day you may make progress; every day you may be fruitful, yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
Eisenhower was proud to have a hobby in common with Churchill. In 1958, Ike helped arrange for an American tour of the paintings of Sir Winston, who wrote that he would never have done it without the encouragement tendered him by his friend, Ike. It was the first time that a large exhibition of Churchill's paintings had ever taken place. Almost ten years later, in June 1967, Ike had his own exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in New York City. He consented to this because it served as a fundraiser for Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, New York, which opened in 1968. Most of the paintings were borrowed from those to whom he had made gifts. Upon seeing the exhibition, in his usual display of modesty, Ike said, "There are a half a dozen here that I would like to burn right now." He commented that if friends hadn't asked for them as memorabilia, most of the paintings would have ended up in the furnace. The paintings subsequently appeared on calendars and in print portfolios and in a large format book called The Eisenhower College Collection: The Paintings of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On this day that President Eisenhower gave his Farewell Address to the Nation following his creation of NASA - the body destined to be responsible for the euphoria of the moon landing, traveling throughout the solar system & the joys of revelation to be confirmed by the Hubble telescope; juxtaposed unfortunately against the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger-
the total influence - economic, political even spirtual - is felt in every city, every State house, every office of Federal Government.
That - WE recognize the imperative need for this development, yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. OUR toil, resources & livelihood are all involved so is the very structure of society. In the councils of goverment, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
We should take nothing for granted. ONLY an alert and knowledgable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.
ALL of which exemplify Eisenhower's strong guiding principles. Principles of responsibility which may best be summarised, by his most telling and prescient of ALL statements, that ...
"Buying weapons takes FOOD from the HUNGRY and SHELTER from the HOMELESS"
So integralism takes an important value of postmodernism, which is the rejection of war, and says that we want to end war once and for all. It turns this admonition against war into something that's practical, something that we can actually implement. The ONLY way to prevent war worldwide is to replace it with law, and the only way to do that is some kind of democratic world federation.
in the context of a very POWERFUL STORY
"THE OLD APPEALS TO RACIAL, SEXUAL AND RELIGIOUS CHAUVINISM, TO RABID
NATIONALIST FERVOR, ARE BEGINNING NOT TO WORK. A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS IS
DEVELOPING WHICH SEES THE EARTH AS A SINGLE ORGANISM, AND RECOGNIZES
THAT AN ORGANISM AT WAR WITH ITSELF, IS DOOMED. WE ARE ONE PLANET."
- CARL SAGAN
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