For many years, our earth has been undergoing a metamorphosis, which has transformed it into a smaller and smaller community of neighbors, by the miracles of modern transportation and communication. But of what use is a group of people bound together in a physical sense, without spiritual ties, and a sense of equality with one another? There is one obstacle over which we must climb before we can safely say that our civilization has progressed towards the Shangri-la to which we aspire. This obstacle, rather than being an ocean, or miles of land, or high mountains, exists in the hearts and minds of everyone all over the world. It is a wall of unfounded prejudice, misinformation, and intolerant, unjust beliefs. The only way this wall may be knocked down is through education that will bring understanding to the people who possess all those absurd superiority complexes.
     For, after all, didn't we conquer the ocean by knowledge of how to build boats? Weren't the mountains crossed by knowledge of how to build aeroplanes? So then can we conquer prejudice by knowledge.
     Many of us have been influenced by either false rumors or tradition, or by false doctrines drummed into the unsuspecting mind, that later in life are manifested through hatred for our brothers. People must be taught the basic biological facts, the common heritage of all human beings, that prove unquestionably to any intelligent person the invalidity of beliefs that consist of racial or religious superiority.
     Any institution that can further the growth of understanding between people of entirely different racial, religious, and social backgrounds is truly worth while. That is precisely what the Intercultural Club of Lane endeavors to do. Through talks by our various members about their backgrounds, by comparing various religious and national holidays, by viewing interesting movies, and by feasting on the delicacies of the countries prepared by our members, we can better learn how to understand one another and see how trivial and irrelevant these differences that exist among us actually are. Moreover, we increase the feeling of mutual equality among us all.
     The members of the I. C. Club do not believe in mere "tolerance," but rather they believe in and practice brotherhood. There is a vast difference between these two concepts. Tolerance toward someone has in it a feeling of condescension. We mortals cannot decide who are the superior beings and to whom we may rightfully condescend. Brotherhood, however, signifies a feeling of love and common ties among all.
     Although a world-wide system of intercultural education would be the real dream of an idealist, I'm sure even such a person would be extremely happy to see our club function and be thrilled at its accomplishments that bring us further and further along the road to the Shangri-la that our founders envisioned when our nation was first conceived.

Susan Kent