One of the most curious features of contemporary times is to be found in the existence of walls. I am thinking, of course, of a certain kind of "political" wall, often constructed from stones and bricks, frequently of barbed wire, and usually patrolled by silent armed men. Occasionally one hears the sounds of rifle shots along such walls, and less frequently world attention centers over a spot where some incident has taken place. In Germany we are familiar with one such wall: it encircles and cuts through the city of Berlin, and it slices north and south through the whole country. However, the German wall is not the only wall, indeed it is not even the most formidable. Consider China. In the neighborhood of China are at least three such walls: that between North and South Korea, that between the mainland and Taiwan, and that in the Vietnam area.
About the Author
As a representative of the American Friends Service Committee in Berlin Robert Reuman has had an opportunity for the past two years to study at first hand the East-West wall which divides the mentality as well as the territory of post-war Germany. He sees this barrier as only one of many such obstacles which separate peoples throughout the world, and without minimizing its evils, sets them in the perspective of a world view. This global approach comes readily to one who was born in China, graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, took his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, and married in Wisconsin. With his wife, the former Dorothy Swan, and their five children, he is about to return to Waterville, Maine, to resume his post as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.