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September 1969

In Respect of Youth

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati General Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(3):383-384. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300190123022

It seems the citizenry has always viewed the world as going to the dogs. The perturbations of one or another great man as far back as classical Greece or Rome or the Bible may be cited to indicate that the world has never been without turmoil. With this reassurance, anxiety is assuaged and there appears to develop an immunity of sorts. One disturbed culture builds on another and as in the digs of the archeologists, with resurrection the heat is gone and one wonders what the uproar was about.

But today's magnitude of confusion is ominous. As an example, never before has man, enterprising freely, been able to overwhelm nature, polluting the whole biosphere. And the deterioration of the air and the earth and its waters is borne with an equanimity that suggests it will go away if ignored.

Denial of evil, having been tried with the patience