My Thoughts and Concerns Today, Tuesday, 1/4/2014

Still so true today!

In a letter written November 5, 1959, and addressed to Adlai Stevenson, John Steinbeck (1902-1968) made the following observation:

“Someone has to re-inspect our system and that soon.  We can’t expect to raise our children to be good and honorable men when the  city, the state, the government, the corporations all offer the highest rewards for chicanery and dishonesty. On all levels it is rigged, Adlai.”

So, how far have we come since this was written? Have we risen to higher levels, or sunk deeper into the abyss of depravity and immorality. Are our government official more honest or more cunning and more devious?  Do we have leaders to lead and guide us out of the morass, the quagmire?  Regrettably, all indications are that we had sunk lower and deeper than ever. It is a nightmare! Whereto from here?

Steinbeck continues to suggest: 

“Maybe  nothing can be done about it, but I am stupid enough and naively hopeful enough to want to try. How about you?”

Silence implies consent. Saying nothing, doing nothing will merely embolden those who are at the helm, wheeling and dealing, manipulating, with their hands in the till, skimming off the top…

Thus it is true that: “the more things (allegedly) change, the more they remain the same,” or they worsen, decay and rot.  Based on where things stand these days, the latter seems to be the case.

The national ailment has become a malignancy! We cannot merely be silent observers , idle “couch potatoes,” or sidewalk superintendents!

Gerhard A. Fürst



Source of the letter:

Steinbeck, A Life in Letters, Edited by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten,

The Viking Press, Inc., 1975, p 653, ISBN 0-670-66961-x-Regular edition.




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