The document recorded below was passed on to me by an acquaintance who said it was found on the sidewalk outside Symphony Hall in Boston. It did not appear to have anything to do with Boston Symphony Orchestra business, but this person thought it might prove of interest to me. It did. A first page (or pages) is missing, since it begins abruptly in mid-sentence. It had no author's name on the last page, and without a cover page which might have named the writer, one can only speculate on its origin.
"what a bunch of chronic whiners think. Ignore the garbage that gadfly Mr. H keeps spewing out. Someday he'll learn he's just wasting his time and boring a lot of fellow crybabies. And as for those other johnny-come-latelys, ignore them too.
"No, we're not going to take a stand one way or the other on homosexuality. Yes, of course we should say it is totally incompatible with C. S., but then we'd end up with a real mess on our hands if we did and lose their admittedly disappointing contributions to boot. The dissident crowd doesn't send us anything now and probably wouldn't even if we recanted. Just let them continue to stew in their own juices.
"Yes, in theory we may have been wrong to open the door to allowing practitioners to work for someone taking medicine or who is under medical care, but there are only so many ways we can scatter a few crumbs to those who are unquestioningly loyal to us (and act as additional eyes and ears in the boondocks). Ditto lecturers and new teachers. State COPs can't be everywhere. Lectures have been useless fluff for years, so why not at least let these eager wannabes make a little moolah off of them? The bonus is that none of this costs us a dime. The lumpenproletariat gets to pay for its own nannies.
"Yes, we should never have started the full-text edition of the Bible lessons, but it's the only cash cow we have. Just about everything else is a loss-leader. And if we eliminated it, most of the subscribers would quit doing the lesson altogether. Nobody is keeping those who want to from digging out their precious books and reading from them.
"No, we're not going to renounce the Gill book on MBE. If the usual complainers think it makes her out to be some kind of ninny, so what. They don't have to buy the book or read it. So the periodicals are a little light between the covers. What of it, since nobody reads them anyway. Anything deeper than what's there would probably scare off the few readers they have. And we're not going back to the original Christian Science Standard of Healing published in the November 1957 Journal. We've got to get more paying members, not fighten off those we have with impossibly high standards. By the time the yokels learn what a joke either of the two Harris versions is we'll be long gone. Some energetic Paul Pureheart can come in then and brush-hog this and a lot of other nasty briar patches.
"In summary, we're going to keep things as they are. We can't afford to upset any more financial apple carts. The noisy rabble outside the gates might as well learn who's in charge and that we're under no obligation to heed their complaints or concerns no matter how loudly or sincerely they voice them. Noblesse oblige isn't our policy and mum's the word."