"If our own culture is not to be revised beyond recognition, and
history not to be perverted for ulterior motives, then those of
us who have bled and wept in their forging must contribute to
their preservation for the sake of posterity."
This heterogeneous publication of original literary works seeks
to impart the historical reality and to disclose the psychosocial
effects of warfare to the general reader. Each
quarterly issue contains essay, fiction, and
poetry compositions entailing basic battlefront
and homefront themes on the
ordeal of spiritual
sanctification wrought by the crucible of
war; which forever altered ordinary lives, informed
their extraordinary outlook, and rendered authentic voices on the
exigencies of human conflict.
"Man differs from the lower animals because he preserves his past
experiences. What happened in the past is lived again in memory.
About what goes on today hangs a cloud of thoughts concerning
similar things undergone in bygone days. With the animals, an
experience perishes as it happens, and each new doing or
suffering stands alone. But man lives in a world where each
occurrence is charged with echoes and reminiscences of what has
gone before, where each event is a reminder of other things.
Hence he lives not, like the beasts of the field, in a world of
merely physical things but in a world of signs and symbols. A
stone is not merely hard, a thing into which one bumps; but it is
a monument of a deceased ancestor. A flame is not merely
something which warms or burns, but is a symbol of the enduring
life of the household, of the abiding source of cheer,
nourishment and shelter to which man returns from his casual
by John Dewey [Reconstruction in Philosophy