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which is all too often in conflict with the natural and unique talents and tendencies of the

individual. For acceptance he is required to sacrifice his interests and aspirations to the

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questionable objectives of a neurotic society. Even his education is directed to the end of

bringing about his conformity. In fact, he is not educated in the Socratic sense but indoctrinated

and trained to meet not his unique needs but the needs of the corporate controlled society.

However, in the face of all that seems to have led us astray from any possible hope for Utopia,

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at least in my lifetime, if ever, my cynicism was recently alleviated. I was thankfully taught by

my son, a playwright, that although I may have had to give up on any dream of Utopia, I can be

at ease in believing in the basic goodness of man for which there is so much evidence. I truly

believe that we are hard wired from birth for empathy and altruism and it becomes a day to

day struggle to keep it from being overwhelmed by the machinations of those who have

succumbed to the status quo. In his very first play, "Wine To Blood" he writes of the futility of

the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War. In truth, it was a war between two ideals, Fascism

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and Communism. While it is doubtful that Communism could lead to Utopia, it is certain that

Fascism   could not. So, what is one who aches for justice, Utopia, to do if even the dream seems

out of reach?   This line at the very end of Wine To Blood says it all, and it has served to show

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Hal O'Leary is an 88 year old veteran of WWII who, having spent his life in theatre, and as a Secular Humanist, believes that it is only through the arts that we are afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. As an 'atheist (more...)

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