Quebec Province claims you as her son. There you lived for many years; there you learned to admire the peaceful life and to appreciate the genuine happiness of our patriarchal families; there you were an eyewitness of the "bonne entente" and noble rivalry which exist between the ethnical groups that go to make up its population.
At various times your sacred ministry has brought you in touch with the other Eastern Provinces of our broad Dominion. A keen observer, you readily grasped existing conditions and the mentality of the various elements of our Canadian Population.
Greek literature is more modern in its tone than Latin or Medieval or Elizabethan. It is the expression of a society living in an environment singularly like our own, mainly democratic, filled with a spirit of free inquiry, troubled by obstinate feuds and still more obstinate problems. Militarism, nationalism, socialism and communism were well known, the preachers of some of these doctrines being loud, ignorant and popular.
Reverend and former Congressman Bob Edgar brought the house down
at our Conference in Aspen when he recited the arresting Martin Luther
King, Jr. quote that opens this report. But what was remarkable about
our Conference was that nearly everyone there brought the house down
at some point – in their unique ways.Whether through quiet moments
of candor, piercing insights about dynamics in our society or intense
debates, our remarkable participants delivered on the challenging
mandate set before them.
To obviate misunderstanding, it seems well to warn the reader that this book aims only at giving a sketch of
George Washington's life and acts. I was interested to discover, if I could, the human residue which I felt sure
must persist in Washington after all was said. Owing to the pernicious drivel of the Reverend Weems no other
great man in history has had to live down such a mass of absurdities and deliberate false inventions. At last
after a century and a quarter the rubbish has been mostly cleared away, and only those who wilfully prefer to
deceive themselves need waste time over...