June 29, 1935 - Editorial - The Flight From Reality, by George Lorimer

One of the great menaces facing the country at the present hour is a widespread disposition to flee from reality into a world of false excitement and make-believe. The need is for calmness and a sense of the real. The country will work out of its troubles if people keep their heads. But if they loose their sense of actuality and rush headlong after every new and fantastic nostrum, they will only make that much more difficult the very recovery upon which their own future depends.

Regardless of economic conditions, a considerable portion of the population is invariably more susceptible to the rapid pace of promises and mere hopes than to the necessarily slower product of actual accomplishment. These people fall for the blandishments of get-rich-quick salesmen and they believed that the whole nation could pull itself up by its bootstraps in the stock market. But when times are hard, the practice of wishful thinking spreads even further. Every epidemic has its healers and its fantastic remedies. The sick and afflicted will try almost any cure, and those who are always looking for something for nothing only intensify their search when it is difficult to earn a living by hard work.

Large numbers of listeners are carried off their feet by those noisy radio speakers who promise a redistribution of wealth to all who will join their particular organizations. Indeed, for that matter, the relatively widespread belief in currency inflation, and, in general, the whole attitude and theory that political largess can become a substitute for private thrift and enterprise - all these are mass movements actuated by sentiment and not by logic; by hysteria and not by reason. (pg. 22)

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