In rich countries, this is the leisure age. (1) Working hours are shorter and holidays longer, and never have so many people had so much time with which to have a good time. The average middle-class houshold is filled with (2) multiple means of using this time ― televisions, magazines, newspapers, books and personal computers, (3) let alone the things necessary for hobbies, sports and other pastimes. All of these are commodities that are bought and sold, which means that the means of leisure and pleasure are business questions. 1の解釈に時制を注意しなくては
In the life of every man there are some elements that are practically inalterable while there are others which are subject to fluctuations, fortunate or unfortunate. The inalterable elements are taken for granted while those that fluctuate are matters for hope and fear.
Our militarists have successfully opposed the granting of votes to soldiers; yet in all the countries an attempt is made to persuade the civilian population that war-weariness is confined to the enemy soldiers. The daily toll of young lives destroyed becomes a horror almost too terrible to be borne; yet everywhere, advocacy of peace is rebuked as treachery to the soldiers, though the soldiers above all men desire peace.
The knowledge that this is so can be prevented from obtruding on consciousness only by some form of lunacy, though if a man is sufficiently great he can imprison or execute those who point this out to him.