Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Hrsg.]; Hébrard, Ernest M.   [Hrsg.]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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INTRODUCTION.

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any endeavour, national or international. Much has been done by the
increasing facilities of transport and communication, by telegraphy with its
wireless girdles around the globe, by the Press with its enormous diffusion
of information; but, in spite of all this, the question is continually arising
as to how the various countries of the world can be still more practically
brought into contact, in order to learn from each other how to take concer-
ted action for the benefit and well-being of all.

Indeed, one of the most pressing questions of the age is how to prac-
tically meet ever increasing obligations? How best to further right and
friendly relations between men and nations ?

Such an International Centre as is here planned and presented for the
purpose of assimilating and distributing intellectual and scientific knowledge
from all people to all people, would go far towards creating peaceful econo-
mic relations, as well as towards facilitating practical cooperation between
all men and all nations.

In spite of political differences and ambitions, religion, science and
commerce make more or less the same appeal to all peoples throughout the
world. The confluence of thousands of people towards one common centre
in order to study practical ways by which man can be benefited, can only
have a divine and spiritual force as its motive power. In fact, no great
work in art or science is done without a high form of spiritual strength.
Religion, art and science are all types of spiritual devotion. These become
stronger and more closely related to the needs of man as the world pro-
gresses; they enable him to feel a divinity in all things.

The mere fact of realising that the " Kingdom of Heaven is within
gives to our highest motives and acts a spiritual significance, however material
they may seem at first sight. For whatever is accomplished by man springs
from the invisible realm of thought. The union of the most cultured and
scientific minds of all nations must create a more spiritual and harmonious
feeling in man as well as animate and elevate his conceptions of God : and
never before has there been a moment so opportune for gathering together
the whole human family around one common hearth.

The products of all peoples are essential to the progress of the world.
Yet, at present, should one State suffer from the antagonism between capital
and labour in another, even though a solution might be arrived at, yet no
redress is possible till such a centre is created as can unite the representa-
tives from all nations and bring them together to discuss these questions
scientifically and economically for the welfare of labour and of capital, of
industry and humanity.

An International World Capital could and would take up this question
as one of its most essential and important human problems. It would unite
all leaders of national labour unions as well as representatives of capital and
and industry. Its object would be the protection of labour and industry,

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