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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flashback in Time: Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey is a radio icon. Having been "impressed by his voice," one of his high school teachers recommended Harvey, then age fourteen, to KVOO radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was1933. The part of his career probably most remembered is The Rest of the Story added as a tagline to in-depth feature stories of 1946. 

Paul Harvey penned an essay titled "If I were the Devil (Warning for the Nation). . ." The oldest version of this essay appeared in his newspaper column in 1964. It has since been popularized many times via radio broadcasts and syndicated columns periodically being updated to incorporate current trends.

Many people were first introduced to the "If I Were the Devil. . ." essay when it circulated the Internet in mid-1999. While that attribution is clearly inspired by and in the spirit of Paul Harvey's essay, it bears little resemblance to the original presentation. However, regardless whether one is exposed to the original or an updated version, the concept and structure of the message has clearly remained the same.

Is this a reality check for society's decline?

Is it a relevant warning for Americans to recognize evil influences around us daily?
Do you find strikingly accurate predictions of modern moral decline in America?
Was Paul Harvey right in blaming it on the devil?

Remember, this was first penned in 1964!