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June 20, 1969     Arkansas Catholic
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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 20, 1969 .............................. vvvw.vwv. ...........  ...... vw, Qui Vive? by The Sentry Mental Illness People in general have erroneous information about the causes and the duration of mental illness. There are some fundamental notions concerning the mind of which a great many people are ignor- ant, but instinctively human beings resent any insinuation that they or those near and dear to them are mentally aberrated. The basic reason for this attitude is that man is a rational animal. Rationality is the distinctive difference between human beings and brute animals. Darwin and otherswho followed him were mistaken when they put emphasis upon physical similarity between a man and an ape. This has no bearing upon the subject whatsoever. The scientists were looking for a physical missing link. Nothingof this kind could bridge the hiatus between a brute animal and a rational being. Only God could produce the missing link. This He did by creating the human soul which is rational and which makes an animal a rational animal or a man. And so a person will admit that he is losing an animal faculty, such as his memory, but he will never admit that he is losing his reason, because that is what makes him a man. There are degrees of mental affliction and some, who are not dangerous, are not confined and sometimes they are facetiously referred to as "nuts". Few people ever make fun of anyone whom they really believe is afflicted in a mental way. Because people are sensitive about being a mental case or of having one in their family, it has become customary for most of them not to mention such things. To be sure there is nothing to be ashamed of, any more than if one had a disease of any kind. Because reason is so dear to men, they hate to admit the loss of such an essential possession. There is a famous baseball player who once had a serious nervous breakdown. He made a complete and remarkable recovery. Even so, the fans sometimes call him a "nut." He has the right answer to such badinage, "Don't you wish you received this "nut's" salary?" Custom is a hard thing to combat. Mrs. Steve Allen should know that, because although she is a married woman she is very often referred to as Jayne Meadows, a Hollywood custom. She is doing a good work and here is to her success. Drivers Galore Recently, we observed National Transportation Week. Like so many other weeks that are proclaimed during the year, little is done about it. Transportation, however, is one of the nation's major problems, but the people apparently couldn't care less. It appears that everyone recognizes that there is a traffic problem and want it solved, but most people are unwilling to cooperate in the solution. Everyone wants to have his own private transportation unit. There was a time when automobile salesmen were apologetic in suggesting a second car for the family. Now most families have at least two cars. Some have three or four. Instead of any attempts being made to cut down the number of cars on the streets, there is a concerted movement to put more cars in circulation. While the streets and highways are already over-crowded, more drivers are being trained, some of them at public expense, in the Driver Education program in the high schools. Most high schools have this program and those who favor it are numerous. They are quick to point out how superior are the drivers who are trained under this supervision. As a matter of fact these enthusiasts are not above doctoring the figures some. They also seem to forget that there are professional schools for drivers outside of the school program. In one state it was reported that of the 111,000 under 18 drivers, only 17,000 were graduates of certified driver-training schools. The figures were grossly exaggerated in order to indicate the need of the high school program. The true figures were that of 60,000 licensed teen-aged drivers in that year, 43,000 were products of the professional schools and only 17,000 were trained under tile high school program. It all adds up to the fact that there are so many cars on the streets and highways that the school children can no longer walk to and from school, because their parents are afraid to permit them to walk on streets crowded with cars and having no sidewalks. No one has yet proven that the children are safer in cars than they would be walking. The parents seem to make no effort to stop their children from going out in the streets to "hitch" a ride which is far more dangerous than walking there. Bill Morles, the columnist, said, "Come to think of it, why did we give up the trolley cars'? We must have been off our rockers." It is true the trolleys are ming a comeback. Buses or trolleys should have an extra man, like the old street car conductor to keep order. For all-weather transportation nothing can beat the railroads. The railroads are spending more money than ever, but they are not appealing to passenger patronage. They must do this both for com- muters and long distance passengers. All those who influence public thinking should make every possible effort to encourage people to travel by rail or bus. A Reader Writes Obiects to Headline On Sunday Sermon Letter Dear Editor: Your many accurate headlines are appreciated, but not the few that are misleading. Not "Ser- mons Instead of Letters" but "Sermons as Well as Letters" is the way I read Baker's plea in the May 30 Guardian. In para- graph 3 he definitely asserts: "I welcome letters from the bishop." I, too, welcome letters from the bishop and want to hear them when the parish is gathered to- gether and read them at home in The Guardian, to reflect upon them thoroughly. Incidentally, our bishop does a lot of "teachin' and preachin' in those letters. I, too, want sermons, but if my pastor just cannot cook up a 14 course ban- quet of food for thought, I will gladly take a hot dog or can of beans that he offers and absorb the nourishment therefrom. In these days we have also the Bible, many books, and a whole smorgasbord in our diocesan pa- per every week, plus extra snacks from magazines, especially those put out by the missions. No one need go hungry if he looks for the food instead of griping about the way it is served, and failing to use what is available. If the Sunday service is the only exposure to God's work for an overwhelming majority of Cath- olics, Baker should keep on yearning for full fledged sermons at every Mass and also for a full fledged Sunday School every Sun- day in addition to Mass. Dorothy Abernethy Dover, Ark. Catholics Told to Join National War on Hunger, Malnutrition Washington (NC) -- The Con- ference of Religious of the Nat- ional Conference of Catholic Charities has called upon its mem- bership to "join the intensive effort to eliminate the intoler- able and immoral fact of hun- ger and malnutrition" existing ev- erywhere in the nation. The Conference of Religious is composed of Brothers and Colombia Expels Spanish Priests Monteria, Colombia (NC) -- Four Spanish priests have been deported from Colombia after their alleged participation in stu- dent disorders here was investi- gated by security police. Sources here say Bishop Miguel Antonio Medina of Monteria agreed to tile expulsion ter authorities discussed with him the priests' alleged role in the student dis- orders. nuns of various religious com- munities working in the social apostolate of the Church. The conference's standing com- mittee in a letter to the confer- ence membership pointed up the urgency of eliminating hunger and malnutrition. It asked the conference to make the task its "first public corporate stand on a social issue." The letter outlined athree-part program to be followed by the conference members: (1) To familiarize themselves with the dimensions of poverty in their own localities and to join with other religious groups in fighting it, (2) To support emergency food stamps, commodity distributions and school lunch programs; to me others aware of the need for such programs and to aid the needy in taking advantage of such programs. (3) To inform members of Con- gress they expect passage of legislation taking care of the bas- ic needs of all. From the I Managing Editor's Desk.. I Isn't i t amazing that some of Am- erica's lead- ing liberals --F a bian -t rained members of the subver- sive Council on Foreign Relations -- are seemingly ing the political stance thatC servative patriots have held 35 years? These "one-worlders" for more than a generation sparked free-wheeling libe ism -- now say that the States is overextended, that financial and military corns ments are too much of a drain the nation's resources, that erica should strengthen at home before trying to helP rest of the world. ' T h e i r change-of-heart, course, is not motivated by concepts that for years prompted conservative to deplore abandonment ditional national values. concern, obviously, is that country has the capacity -- might still be tempted -- t the Marxist-Leninists a ing military defeat in Vietna$' Conservatives, ever since$ opposed recognition of the munist regime as the lt mate government of Russia, persistently advanced such gnments, but for different sons. They have oppose(: b give-away programs conscionable financial drain, liberately designed to 1) the U. S. government. urged balancing the budget, paying off the and concerning ourselves domestic matters until th arrives when Uncle Sam is to help others without at the time destroying the world ' real bastion of freedom. Politics sure makes str@ bedfellows. Do You Remembe,r 50 YEARS AGO ' THIS WFJEK Yhe Guardian reported: ..... Little, Rock -,- The alumnae,,neO f; Vincent s Infirmary entert.- the spring graduating class ww, P c:?n g. at TF:::: t a rPyeki g  uir: g; class. The following evening the,Si ters of St. Vincent's entertal: with a dinner at the Hotel Marl0 in honor of the graduates. Tlle I chaperon is Mrs. Walter GrJ' 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK The Guardlan reported: Little Rock -- News that te. Allied forces had launched tic.e_ ." long-awaited Western Front uL1. vasion made of the United stste literally a nation of prayer. ,.. In churches, schools, Wo. shops, offices and homes prut e rw" ers were recited. Over th g .. radio chains the prayers of Pr, lares for the success of the gre liberation effort were carried * listening :millions.