To the Editor:
Considering what’s happening in our country currently, one should seek out the thoughts of famous people, who had a handle on the correct methods of dealing with opposition in a democratic manner.
With elected officials, this is difficult and never pleasant, but it needs to be done. We are a country of laws and everyone is responsible to live by those laws.
When that doesn’t happen, you get what is happening today. The following comments, although spoken decades ago, seem to apply today:
“The weird and stupid are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal.” - Carl Bernstein
“The world today doesn’t make sense. So why should I paint pictures that do?” - Pablo Picasso
“The human race’s prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenseless against ourselves!” - Arnold J. Toynbee
“Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.” - Thornton Wilder
“There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.” Henry Miller
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of times and the pessimist fears that this is true.” - James Branch Cabell
“I think that you should worry about the people who say, 'Everything's fine.’” - Parker Posey
“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” - Aldous Huxley
“It’s not the end of the world but you can see it from here!” - Pierre Trudeau
Finally, the comment of Johann von Goethe, which seems to be very close to the truth: “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
All of the above seem to fit in with what’s happening in our lives in America today.