Hi Irwin, (from Mary Mann)
This is what I found from when you gave me the Irwin Award.
I have another book published since then, TORTOISE SHELL taken from a story of my great-grandfather Ben Toll about the early pioneers in North Queensland, Australia. It is historically educational but also brings out values of equality with indigenous peoples and the character qualities that define us as human beings and the things we count on to live peacefully in this world, like honesty, caring for others and not degrading others, but the necessity of working together to accomplish goals that make a country great.
Irwin Zucker 10.13.12
Our next award goes to the wonder from down under Rev. Dr. Mary Mann for her book There Are No Enemies. Mary was born in Australia and her father was one of the soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. He was an ANZAC a member of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps and their bravery gave Australia its national day called ANZAC day and it is celebrated each year on April 25, the day of the landing almost 100 years ago.
Mary wrote a long play about that war and the next one called ANZAC. It was produced here in Los Angeles at the Globe Playhouse in 1984. .
There are no Enemies is not just about war and peace. It is a whole philosophy of life based upon of all people Aristotle, the Philosopher. But There Are No Enemies also has chapters on the meaning of money. Can you imagine examining the real meaning of money? Well she tries and does a really good job too. She also has chapters on Government and advocates compulsory voting. Did you know voting was compulsory in Australia? Well it is. Mary’s MAIN IDEA is that we will have peace in the world when men and women are equal partners and we all pay attention to our own CONSCIENCE. Mary says if we all obey our conscience and do not let money get in the way of that, it will pretty much take care of all our troubles. GOOD LUCK ON THAT ONE.
THE NEED TO VOTE IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TODAY WHICH IS VOTING DAY IN THESE UNITED STATES. LOOK AT ALL THE TROUBLE THEY ARE GOING TO TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE WHEN ALL THEY NEED IS A LAW THAT SAYS VOTE OR PAY A NOMINAL FINE – AUSTRALIA? MM