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Long ago, in the innocence of my youth, I had   dreamed of Utopia. That was, until it occurred to

me that all through the ages others must have been dreaming the same.   Slowly my dream

succumbed to cynicism. The sorry history of the insanity of humanity leaves little hope for

anything approaching Utopia, and, if anything, it seems to be receding. We are now in an

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age of perpetual war with the senseless horror and sacrifice of soldier and citizen alike.

Beginning with Guernica, followed by London, Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki respect for

human life, once considered sacrosanct has all but disappeared. It's now referred to as

unintended "collateral damage" which makes it somehow acceptable. I am amazed at the

seemingly smug hypocrisy of those who, in their "right to life" obsession, would murder or

endorse the murder of doctors who perform abortions, and at the same time support the

slaughter of millions of innocent men, women and children taking place daily in the Middle

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East. This insanity is supported, of course, by a church that tortured and burned suspected

witches at the stake.

The virtues that once were looked upon as the necessary components of Utopia are fast

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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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