Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 2. March 16, 1938
Scrim and Daisy — Lions of 2zb Bearded
Scrim and Daisy
Lions of 2zb Bearded
"Salient" bearded Aunt Daisy (figuratively, of course) on the end of the telephone, with a shorthand expert listening in. The designer of 365 ways to make a husband happy was most loquacious—indeed, the shorthand expert gave her up in disgust half way through!
Aunt Daisy's extraordinary emphasis and tonal variations were exactly the same us on the radio. Uncle Scrim, however, was different. Gone was the unctuousness of the "Man in the Street"; gone was the monster presented to us by a certain weekly paper, and there remained a quiet, sincere, intelligent little man, smoking a cigarette in an immense holder.
"What are your ideas on 'the new morality?'" "Salient" asked Scrim.
"Personally, White I consider that tradition has every right to recognition for its good points. I feel that history will reveal the fact that very marked progress has been made by the younger and more modern thinkers on all subjects, morality included. A revolution in human affairs can be brought about either by the bloody steam-roller type of revolution, or by the intelligent direction Of open-minded students of human relations. The type of ideal that comes from the soap-box orator on the street corner who is disgruntled because the shoe pinches him particularly, is not valuable. But an impersonal ideal is invaluable, when intelligence and not the stomach is the basis of it."
This Means you!
"What do you think of the morality of the average University student?"
"Those with whom I have come in contact strike me as being no different from the ordinary run of people that one finds in any cross-section of the community."
"Is a University education conducive to the formation of a good moral character?"
"Certainly it should be. But it is well known that it is possible to go through University and yet get no education at all. Real education comes out of a person, and is not pumped into him."
That Commission Aires!
"What do you think about drink at dances? We have had a Commissionaire installed at Victoria."
"I don't like prohibitions of any kind, but, where abuses are obvious, control is necessary. I should hate to feel that my existence was so dull and uninteresting that I had to make myself half stupid before I could enjoy it properly."
The Sex Ban.
"Our Professorial Board has banned discussion on sex and religion at University meetings. What are your opinion on the subject?"
"The Professorial Board should be in a much better position to express an opinion, but I do feel that the freer the discussion on all topics, particularly on the subject of sex, the better it will be for the morals of the generation. There has been too much of the type of education that drives a perfectly natural function into hiding, and makes the subject taboo, transforming it into something Impure. There are a great number of young people who live without a proper knowledge of the functions of their bodies. The University is the ideal place to gain this knowledge. I suppose that the authorities are afraid of the irresponsible element, but I think that by free discussion this Irresponsible element might be made a little more responsible, and I cannot see that it would save them by banning discussion altogether."
"Scrim" on Truth.
"The University would be an ideal place to teach religious tolerance. There is only one standard of truth, but many approaches to it, and the only sensible test that can be applied to apparent solutions of all problems, whether religious or otherwise, is summed up in the words of Christ: "By their fruits ye shall know them. You corrupt true religion the moment you introduce any element of bigotry or intolerance. You cannot monopolise truth—you destroy it when you bottle it up."
"What are your views on freedom of speech in radio debates?"
"You destroy the value of debating when you restrict it. Debating is essentially designed to provide a wide field for discussion on a particular subject and if restrictions are introduced, the debate can no longer be called a debate."
"Has 2ZB got a conscious policy?"
"All the commercial stations have a conscious policy. Ours is a more difficult one to put into operation than most people imagine. The broad basis of that policy is that programmes shall be simple and humanitarian. Due regard is paid all the time to the human factor in the listening audience. It is probably far from the ideal, but it is always progressing towards it.