State of the Union

State of the Union

State of the Union

State of the Union

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We are in that post-war era about which so much was said and written when we were besieged on every side by war.

It all happened sooner than we expected. The change of scenery and atmosphere was quick, hardly longer than an intermission in the theatre. One day the Army and Navy and Marines still were fighting across the vast map of the Pacific. The next day we were at peace.

We did not find the dream world that some had pictured to us or that we had nurtured in our imagination. It was the same old world, only cluttered up with more problems, desolated by ruins, saddened by wrecked and ruined lives. Now that the tense excitement of sacrifice was over, like a high fever that subsides and leaves the body weak and exhausted, we discovered that getting well and getting readjusted loomed before us drearily. The tendency is to turn over, pull up the covers, and forget if possible in sleep, even if fitful and disturbed by bad dreams. We don't want to face our problems, and any mention of them irritates us, so that we strike out angrily at everything about us. We find ourselves in a generally bad humor.

But the time comes when we must get up and be about our business.

That's a good time to take a look at ourselves.

We've been through something rather horrible and we . . .

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