Letters, May 23, 1977

What We Are

To the Editors:

The energy crisis [May 2] affords Americans a priceless, if sad opportunity for self-awareness. Priceless, in that we shall find out once and for all whether there is anything in American life stronger than vulgar materialism and mindless hedonism. Sad, in that there are few reasons to trust that in the struggle for energy, justice will prevail over selfish vested interest. But at least we'll all see ourselves for what we really are. Norman Ravitch Grenoble, France

Not only will I not enlist, I may desert.

Brian A. Marriott

Huntington Beach, Calif.

The nearest village is six miles away; the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!