Books [Charles Monroe]
Suddenly Mr. Monroe became more animated and he sat up straight in his chair.
“What I am trying to say is this,” he went on. “Since man is a social animal, and since we have embraced, or at least accepted Christianity, our social integrity must prove itself by fulfilling not a ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ with a neighbor two thousand miles away, out one next door - really next door. Just being friendly to do with the good neighbor program I would advocate.
Yes,” he continued, “our country is suffering from a severe ‘ size complex. ‘ Our worship of big things is causing no end of trouble. ‘Big business’ and big everything else first gives us illusions of grandeur, then we suffer from all sorts of related economic ailments. City people are so bombarded by events and objects of magnitude that it is nearly impossible for them to hang on to our standards of measurement. Sometimes it seems wonderful to we that an inch can remain an inch, that a pound is able to hold itself to a pound. By constantly watching one another, rather than the comparatively impersonal events which city people watch, village folk are able to hold to a pretty stable source of perspective. That's my opinion. Of course because of cars and radios, a great part of our social life is gone, and we don't look at one another nearly as much as we did twenty-five, or even ten years ago. I'm a radio fan myself - have been one ever since I bought my first set