The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 27, Ed. 1, Friday, April 18, 1980 Page: 3 of 23
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To the Editor:4 " '" '
There is a rumor going around that the
Ronnie Milsap concert was a great success. I
agree! We were visited by a superb talent.
How much praise can be given to a man who
'has blessed us with such good wholesome
Christian entertainment? I loved it didn't
you? I could hardly wait to tell my friends and
family the jokes about Dolly Parton and
"Charlie's Angels." Boy "were they funny !
And his imitation of Jerry Lee Lewis what
can I say? I thought the .Rapture had come
when I heard those heart-tugging 'lyrics of
."Why Don't You Spendtfie Night."
I wonder if' the standing ovation was
because Mr. Milsap is blind or because we are
blind? The excitement of'the evening has left
me without words to express myself.
Words? Words? That reminds me now
just where did I leave off? Was it Philippians
4:8 or 2 Corinthians 10:5?
To the Editor:
The recent letters by John Saboleh prompt
this comment. Discrimination distrust
hatred ad infinitum toward a group or an
individual is not just a problem we can label as
social and then hide behind.
It is of a more serious personal nature. We
can1 theorize debate speculate and studyr
volumes of literature but ultimately it comes
down to this "know thyself."
Are not our prejudiced attitudes and
discriminate practices a projection of our own
internalized fears inadequacies and all those
things we dislike about ourselves...?
Prpjection is a substitution of a lesser danger
for a greater danger and the failure (and
refusal) to know and see ourselves as we
really are is the greater danger.
Jesus told the scribe that he was to love his
neighbor as he loved himself. How wise these
words-for Jesus recognized that how we feel
about our neighbor is directly related to how
we feel about ourselves.
The scribe feeding back what he had
learned was told that he was not far from the
kingdom of God. Life can never be rich with
joy or success nor complete until we can know
and respect our personhood. Only then can we
see the differences in others good or bad as
insignificant and experience only the pure joy
of caring. Look inward with the courage of a
' giani and discover how far you are from the
kingdom of God.
To the Editor: "
We would like to thank you for the comic
relief presented by the "Bothered by 'Bolero'"
jetterjn last0week's Optimist. It's nice to know
that" there are some people at ACU who still
Have a sense of humor. We thought that we
were going to have a boring semester until last
Upon reading the letter two things became
quite evident: (1) the writer has seen the
A Christian sense of humor needs sensitivity
rr " Optjmist Staff
'Of all.the gifts Gob! has given'us1 there's not
one mankind hasn't misused. We've con-
tinually abused our money health
relationships and nature. Arid when it comes
good things things that were true and
natural not expanded or blown out of
proportion. Everyone can take some fun made
.' about themselves but.it is up to us to deter-
mine just how much is the right amount.
Milsap 'Bolero projection draw reader responses !
bones we 'continue to abuse the
world of humor.
' ' A sense pf himor is one
df'theTmost valuable gifts
'" we' ha've'. ft can save face
.'in "the midst of total em-
' barrassment or make the
heaviest situation seem
Jesus' humor must have been sensitive and
caring always taking other people into con-
sideration. I. don't think he laughed at people
who had Droblems and who may have been
lighter. But unfortunately biieasily hurt about those problems. Nor do I see
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and used it in a way that doesn't help anyone.
In order to relieve tension or build ourselves
up we often choose' a scapegoat. Now of
course we wouldn't go so far as to admit that
we make a scapegoat of someone. But in a
We say this humor is "all in good fun." But
who's fun it is is debatable. Something we
may find easy to make fun of and tease about
may not' be funny to a person who has that
problem or is in that circumstance. And more
time's than not someone will be around who is
sensitive abouj the cut or joke you just made.
I have no doobt'Hhat Jesus haa a sense of
humor that he laughed with his friends and
saw the fun side of his daily life. But I really
'believe that Jesus' laughed with people about
I'm not suggesting we never joke or tease
with each other. One of the ways to really get
to know people is to learn to laugh with them.
But I am concerned about what or whom we
laugh at. The world is cynical enough without
Christians joining in with even more much
sarcasm and cynicism.
Nothing is more fun than to laugh with
someone and when you have finished to
laugh some more. However we need to be
aware just how important the motives in our
humor are. Just like everything else in our
lives our grins and giggles should be backed
by a sensitivity to others and by the at-
titudes the Lord would use to handle the same
movie "10" and (2) the writer seems to know
little about classical music.
"Bolero' is anything but "a blatantly
licentious piece of music." In fact it's rather
monotonous (Ravel meant it' to be). It seems
to us that the "erotic connotations" lie not in
the music but rather in the' mind of the in-
dividual who'authored that letter.
We are grateful to the author for we were
not aware that Ravel wrote "Bolero'' for the
movie "10." We appreciate his opinion and are
sure that Ravel would've been amused. We
were' not. '
i ' ' David Craigie and Lawrence Boyd
J To the Editor:
This past week while reading the Optimist I
was shocked and chagrindti to read a fellow
student's comments on Ravel's "Bolero."
Since the movie "10" this classical piece
has suffered a severe perversion. The fault
lies not in the music itself. Its progressively
building tempo has been viably taken to
represent many things since its composition.
Its current ''blantjy licentious'' connotations
exist in our interpretations! not in "Bolero"
itself. " ' '
Temporary associations of sensualities with
timeless music is nothing new. In the book
Clockwork Orange Beethoven's "Ninth" is
used to punctuate pervertecf eroticism. In the
movie of the same name the "William Tell
.Overture" accompanies the episode. Yet these
pieces so used only a few years ago retain no
tinge of nastiness today. ' J '
'Bo Derek' is'merely the current titillation of
society 'and her accompaniment is incidental.
I doubt ' Ravel' planned it' or 'that the
association will be long-lasting.
Attacking art for one's own associations is
not prudent. Are we to go so far as to ban
books or music for short-lived associations?
Would it not be better to discipline our minds
rather than adopting others' perversions?
" . v ' Clifford Bf Oldham
To the Editor: -JU s '
I am appalled that you would eveirconsider
printing such irresponsible material as the
letter from Mr.y Robert E?-Williams. If its
association with the movie "10" is all that Mr.
.WHliarasan seein Rayel's classic "Bolero"
then perhaps heshoUfd take the music ap-
preciation class that he complains so
Maurice Ravel probably wouldn't have
approved of the use of his'classicwork in such
a culture-starved setting as "10." Besides if
Mr. Williams is so concernd with purity from
lewdness then just how does he know so much
If he really wants to attack immoral music
why not start with L. Mark Cubstead's
favorable review of "Get the Knack" an
album concerning a frustrated teenager's
views of sex.
Don't get me wrong I'm not attacking
Cubstead; I'm just suggesting that Mr.
Williams concentrate his efforts in more
deserving areas. If all of the well-meaners on
this campus would only concentrate their
efforts in the proper perspective we would
have a much better school.
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