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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1951
THE DAILY TAR HEEL
fey Vo Iter Dear
'i by Harry SnooSc
Over The Hill
"To believe is to be saved"
this contept has led to more
"trouble than anything else
among human beings. -
It is the magic phrase used by
the organized religions to en
snare -the multitudes. The ap
peal of it is so simple, so easy
' and seemingly so foolproof that
the ignorant and the weak find
Credulity is the great virtue,
according to the powerful dog
mas while doubt is the vilest
sin. Small wonder, that the
churches have had an easy time
perpetuating . themselves. By
. compressing doubt and doubt's
inevitable inquiry into the truer
state -of affairs, the organized
religions have kept the people
blind for centuries.
"To believe is to be s a veld"
this is the very , essence of what
we have been led to believe is
the only "real" religion. And the
blind have led the blind by
casting the children of every
generation into the t churches to
have their eyes closed before
they have a chance to openand
see for themselves.
Religion in the conventional
sense has come to be . a very
complex thing that cannot be
understood . through rational
means ""or and this makes it so
very insidious, natural means ,
either! Organized religion uses
ceremonial rites and L coined
phrases to hold the interest and
attention of the unwary. This is
the religion, that is, of the
chanting preachers, brick
churches and inflexible dogmas.
So religion is" not a personal,
continually intimate, under
standable thing at all to many
of the people this is a weak
ness of the collective worship of
a vague God. But the real dan
ger of the conventional dogmas
lies in the subordination of in
telligent doubt and inquiry.
Yet without the initial doubt
when the world of man was
young, the human race would
be living under the most primi
tive codes, eating. ' raw - mqat,
worshipping pagan : idols and
digging holes in the ground as
toilets. I V
In usin; emotion as the "base
for orthodox Christian concepts
and moral laws, the churches
place our entire culture on
shifting sands. Emotion is too
tricky and- unreliable to serve
as a cornerstone "of religious
theory and practice. Through
appeals to the emotions great
nations of people have fallen for
evil in the guise of good.
Religion must, be predicated
- upon the effort to learn, the use
of . doubt in initiating inquiry,
and rationality in adopting' a
course of action subject to
change in meeting new circum
"To believe is to be saved"
only if the belief accidentally
happens to be true and. suffici
ent. Which admits of infinite
possibilities for error and confusion.
Education and athletics mix.
It's- just a . question as towhich
one gets the mosj emphasis in
colleges. . . -
Looks like athletics here will
take a second place in the stand
ings of University activities. When
the presidents of the member col
leges of the Southern Conference
met "last week, they indicated
that they would take a personal
han4 in sports. Besides banning
bowl games, they are taking steps
to "curtail off-season practice, and
eliminate freshman play in var
sity sports. -
With President Gray presiding
- and Chancellor House taking a
' noticeable part in the meeting, the
group actually decided that presi- '
dents and not athletic directors
or members of the Physical Ed
ucation department would run the
The Southern Conference, in
the past, has had a notorious re
putation throughout the country
in spite of its strict transfer rules
and other regulations making its
athletics above the board. These
recent steps by educators should
letthe sports world know who is
taking a lead in preventing athle-'
"tics from getting out of hand. In
fact, the . SC leaders hope that
other conferences will follow
This meeting' at" the Morehead
Building last week doesn't mean7
Carolina will start playing Slip
pery Rock Junior College next
September. But it does mean that
athletics will not continue to get
bigger and bigger and out of con- ..
trol. You might call it deempha
sjs, but Gray put it this way,
At the outbreak of the War
Between the States, the Univer
sity stood at the forefront of,
American universities and had.
the second largest student body
in" America. Half of the enroll
ment, came from other states. It
survived the war, but was closed
for five years during Reconstruction.
VThese steps are steps in preserv
ing the 'relation between athletics
and education." He inferred that
the president's proposals will help,
not harm, sports. ii ,
Two days after the Conference'
meeting, Controller Carmichael
made known .how much, football
meant to sports last year. With
only varsity football and . basket
ball, and freshman football mak
ing money, the Athletic 'Associa
tion lost $20,803 in the other
sports played here. " Does " that
mean if we dropped football or
started . playing on a small-time
basis, we would have to drop our
athletic; program. Maybe hot, but
certainly curtail " it. So, football
helps in some.; ways. '
. Carolina; has a high percentage
of athletes who get degrees. Of
course, $12,527.08 was spent on
tutoring last year to help athletes
who don't; have, much spare time '
to study. . : ' ..
Coupled with Carmichael's re7
port .was a story on sports of : the
Big Four r with answers; from;
House , and Chancellor jHarrelsoh
of State College. In an" article by
Herbert. Q'Keef vHousewas quo-::
ted as saying he wasn't "worried'---about,
the difference in salaries
paid football coaches i. and those
paid to professors. I wonder how
prof essors. f eel about that.
House said that football was
not-being over emphasized here
and that athletics are in a healthy
state. Just so long as we beat
.Texas, that is.
House answered most of the
questions in short, curt sentences
while Harrelson answered at
length on some points. It is in-'
teresting to note that while House
hejped put education in the front
at the SC meeting, he indicated
by his remarks in O'Keef's article
that, he was in favor of the Ed
ucational athletic scholarship
fund Foundation, that competi
tion for high school players be
tween colleges is unavoidable, and
that, there isn't too much pressure
on having a winning team at all
costs here. . , .
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