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November 1995

`Accept one another'

. . . I write in support of the Gay and Lesbian alumni and students. They are us and our children. The world is full of violence based on our differences. It is time we learn to accept one another and make peace.

As a physician trying to help people with life-threatening illness, I have been called satanic and occult by Fundamentalists. Why, because I teach meditation and imagery, and Satan could take control, while your eyes are closed, of your images and thoughts.

Mankind was dispersed at the Tower of Babel so we would have our differences. In that way we might be more likely to take time to listen to "the voice" of God and make it flesh.

Free will is a great gift and a potential evil. Let us use our free will to love and accept each other.

Those who created our religions were not the problem. The rule makers who came after them are.

I welcome all Gays and Lesbians and all of us because we are different. When a young man was dying he asked me, "Why am I different?" I said, "Because it makes you beautiful." He smiled. Look at the leaves in fall and ask the same question. Nature has all the anwers.


P.S. It took 45 years to establish a Jewish Center on campus, from the first unofficial observation of the Jewish High Holy Days. If other groups are going to improve on that schedule they will need to come together and create the power of one.

Barriers broken

. . . William Anderson asked in September how we can interpret a section of the Berlin Wall as a freedom monument. As a frequent visitor to China, Eastern Europe and what was the Soviet Union, speaking with local citizens in many walks of life, I appreciate our liberty and Mr. Anderson's concern that we properly honor it.

Like a broken chain, a section of wall is actual proof that one barrier has been broken, eloquent testimony that freedoms once lost have now been restored -- a happy ending to one of humanity's sad chapters. In the case of the Liberty Bell, it is the bell we celebrate. In the case of the Berlin Wall, we celebrate the "breakthrough."

When physical artifacts are less common than abstractions and symbols, they may stimulate a stronger viewer response. I personally hope that we will have more broken barriers to display before this century is out.

New York City

Editor's note: On January 1 Ms. Sengstacken will become the first executive director of the Alliance of American and Russian Women (AARW) in New York. AARW fosters women entrepreneurs in Russia.