Harnessing extremes into creativity, loving concern for others, and actions to avoid societal upheaval, hatred, and destruction.
I completely agree with you: We must rein in excessive passions and strive for moderation in the political arena. When our emotions are charged-up, febrile and flammable, reason and sound judgment can be impaired. We cease to be men and are apt to behave like rabid dogs.
Interestingly enough, the Presidential nominee of the Republican party in 1964, Barry Goldwater, expressed a DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED VIEW POINT when he accepted the nomination of his party at the San Francisco convention that summer:
“Extremism, in the defense of liberty, is no vice; moderation, in the pursuit of justice, is no virtue.”
During that summer, two Jews and one black mean, Schwerer, Goodman and Cheney, were brutally murdered while trying to register black people, to enable them to vote, in Mississippi.
I also had members of my family murdered in the Holocaust. They tried to come into the United States, but very restrictive quotas imposed by the reactionary Congress kept them out. They tried to go to the nascent state of Israel, then under the control of the British, but the British white paper, a damnable document unfurled in 1939 (When sanctuary from European barbarism was most necessary) restricted Jewish immigration, into what was known as “Mandatory Palestine,” to 15,000 persons per year for each of the next 5 years.
Wow, that is quite a story, Ron. You are lucky and blessed to have met Iren after all these years. The poems are a treasure. Excellent!