Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 3. March 16th, 1950

The Four Factors

The Four Factors

The mention of co-operation, unity and understanding, etc., I also agree, are "annoyingly nebulous" (on their face value)—"appealing more to a herd instinct than to any moral sense which one might possess," to quota the critic himself. But it goes further than that Jiminy Critic probably has a far greater knowledge of the ideology of the Oxford Group than I (and it is the basis of the MRA movement) in order to be in a position to publish his pejorative comments on the value of their work. May I remind him of the simple personal morality from which spring the "annoyingly nebulous" comments. Absolute Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love form the basis of the morality advicated by Mrs. The play did not reveal this directly, but the story of it was an attempt to live up to these four principles. They are hard to live up to, there is no doubt about it, and there are many who strive with but small success, but they continue to strive.

These four qualities, together with a simple faith, devoid of dogmatism and creeds, based on individual guidance by the will of God, form the ideology of the MRA movement Do I hear mutterings of "Hooey" and "Boloney" from the materialists? Quite possibly, for I can now give an answer to my question: a haired of what?

It is a hatred of materialism—nothing more or less. Gimme and Get, number one first, is the materialist's way of life. MRA requires a change' of attitude, a replacing of Getting with Giving. Simple, isn't it This change, or conversion—call it what you like—was the whole point of the talk given at the conclusion of the MRA play. I suggest that this is a forgotten fact in Jiminy Critic's discussion, and by its omission, he has reached his "Overlooked Conclusion."

Perhaps I've been morally rearmed—I'm not sure.


[Jiminy Critic has been given leave to reply through No Man's Land next week.—Ed.]