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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %AUTHOR POLITICAL EXPERIENCE IDEALS VALUES 911208 The Japanese attacked the USA because in terms of their ideals and values they were frustrated with the USA, uninformed about the USA, and believed that they could manipulate others in the presence of the USA. They acted in ignorance of the ideals and values of the USA, and in ignorance of the potent power that the USA could bring to bear upon them. The Japanese did not seek to resolve their conflict with the USA, they created a contest which they sought to win through domination. Should anyone experience frustration because of the contrast between their ideals and the ideals and values articulated in these essays, they will do will to become informed about the ideals and values of the author, and informed of the quiet political power of the author. For this reason the author here offers an account of his political experience: My mixing of science, politics and religion began early. I was elected President of my 6th Grade Class, active in the High School Science Club, and was Chair of the Geneseo, Illinois Christian Youth Fellowship. At Park College I chaired the Academic Problems Committee of the Student Government---dealing with problematic professors-- and was active in efforts to draft new bylaws for the student government. I initiated a tradition of the student government of annually recognizing an outstanding member of the faculty and brought students and administration together during some times of mutual misunderstanding; having served as house-boy in the President's Home. While working on my Master's Degree at Washington University I did informal research on fall-out from nuclear weapons testing the the continental USA and in the Pacific. My work was recognized with a few pictures of me at work when the formation of the "Saint Louis Committee for Nuclear Information" was announced in a two page center spread in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The magazine "Environment" is an outgrowth of the formation of that group. While working on my Ph.D. at Tufts University I was active in the Social Concerns Committee of First Church Cambridge, Congregational and involved in the peace movement in association with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the American Friends, and the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy. I was march captain for a protest march from Boston Commons to the nuclear submarine yard at Groton, Connecticut; and was one of seven nominees to represent the US East Coast Peace Movement at the meeting of the Big Four in London in the summer of 196?. While in the Boston Area I began the practice of flipping a post card in my ancient type-writer and typing a brief note to the Christian Science Monitor; of which they printed about half. The Monitor featured a much longer piece of mine on the impossibility of inter-stellar space travel in a traditional human interest box in the middle of the editorial page. Thus were laid the foundations for my practice of writing many essays. My letter writing to the newspapers continued when I came to Coe. Under the editorial leadership of Art Heusenfield at the C.R. Gazette virtually all my letters were published. I suggested to Mr. Heusenfield that it would be good to open the paper for more extensive commentary by citizens such as me who might be interested in writing significant editorial commentaries, and I gave him a couple dozen of my essays as an indication of what I might offer. Soon thereafter the tradition of Outlooks Columns was started in the Gazette and I contributed regularly to it until I found that it appeared that my work would long term be more fruitful if concentrated on publishing my essays on computer media. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================