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And now, This I Believe. A series of living philosophies presented in the hope they may help to strengthen and enrich your life. Here is Edward R. Murrow.
This I Believe. Heloise Parker Broeg, who for fifteen years has conducted a daily radio program on station WEEI in Boston, is a leading advisor on the art and science of homemaking. Twice a winner of the Grocery Manufacturers of America’s Radio Trophy, she has taught school, operated food businesses, and been household editor of a metropolitan newspaper. Her beliefs are the result of reading studying and questioning but most of all of living. Here is Heloise Parker Broeg.
I say, “This I believe,” but there are no doubts in my mind. A thing not always so but which came about as the result of questioning teachings, reading, studying, thinking, observing, experiencing, perceiving, and feeling emotion. I believe that God is life. Life is experienced within my body as sensation and observed in all nature. To know God and serve God, I must learn the functioning of life within my body and mind and its kinship to the universe. I believe that all men are born with knowledge and awareness of the true God concept, but that God is soon destroyed by fear, bred of taboos and teachings.
I believe that true happiness is to be found in love, work, and knowledge; that human relationships and associations play the most important part in living.
I believe that Jesus Christ was a man who came into being, as do men today; that he believed, as do I, that God is life; but because of his great love, knowledge, and understanding of life and living, that He was crucified and killed by others through jealousy, envy, and fear of the pleasure he found in life, the intelligence and joy which made him self-regulating morally, and the knowledge which made him a leader among men.
I believe that today’s politics and religion are incompatible but should be as closely related as a man’s physical body and mind; that the taboos in which man is trapped today account for his individual misery and collective turmoil throughout the world.
I have faith in the future of the world, as we speak of the world, and that faith is in God. I believe that all men are born free but live in slavery, slaves to the thinking of others foisted upon them in early childhood, rendering them incapable of knowing or discovering truth and joy in God.
I believe in a great all-encompassing love of life for all men, for wives and husbands and children. I believe that children must be given an opportunity to live freely and fully without fear of God and free to study, observe, think, experience, and give vent to the emotions with which they are endowed by God. I believe that human decency, dignity, and moral concepts are contingent upon mental health as experienced by motility of body in relation to all pulsating life and movement.
I believe that blocking and thwarting of natural life functions turns “love of all things” to “hatred of all things.”
I believe that laws of church and state never have and never can make men morally responsible. But I believe that man will, in centuries to come, gradually throw off the shackles of slavery, finding courage to think for himself, thereby losing the fear that destroys God. I believe that man is at present engaged in such an endeavor. This I believe: that God is life.
That was Heloise Parker Broeg, who conducts a daily homemaking program on WEEI in Boston.