WHEN YOU BEHAVE unconventionally you have to expect people to mistrust you, misunderstand your motives, and generally regard you as a dangerous character. I think part of our trouble in the Farm Bureau and in its related organizations had to do with our public relations. People did not, could not, or would not understand what we were doing. I think we should have done more than we did in trying to make them understand, at least those who were open-minded enough to listen. Those who will not understand, of course, are a dead loss. Nothing will convince them and I believe it is a waste of energy even to try.
John W. Galbreath, one of the foremost real-estate men in the United States, lives in Columbus and has a been a friend of mine ever since we and others set up a poor man's riding club in 1934. One day out on the farm he asked, " Murray, what are you up to? I hear that you don't make much money, but you've got a great big institution. What are you trying to do?"
"Trying to save the world," I said.
"Well, how are you going to save it? We'd all like to do that."
"By making everybody a capitalist," I said without a smile.
He looked at me for a long moment and then said, "Now you know a lot of people don't think that's what you're up to, don't you?"
"You know what they think you are, don't you?"
"Yep," I replied. "A damn Communist. I've heard it. But if I