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

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CREATION OF A WORLD-CENTRE.

Press. The results of international congresses would be immediately regis-
tered, and the documents preserved in the archives.

There is every reason to believe that such Institutes, once established by
international agreement, would greatly stimulate all intellectual, economic and
scientific studies which will in the future be ever more needed to strengthen
and broaden the philosophic, religious and political activities of men.

Studv in proximity to the other centres would promote the acquisition
of knowledge from the very germ of its creation. Scholars and students
could come face to face with their colleagues in all branches of knowledge.
Our age longs for a new synthesis, and no longer turns to science merely
for the purpose of obtaining greater material comfort, and more economical
means of living. For science, like a strongly beating heart gives renewed
life to man; and he is waiting for her to give that knowledge which is essen-
tial to the fulfilment ot his great mission — the knowledge of how to
gather into a single unity all his scattered experiences, so that he may
hasten the world's harmonious progress.

Just as the present is guided by the strongest energies of the past
and by the sacrifices made by it, so the future must be lent a willing, strong,
unwavering hand to assure its progress upon the broadest and most open
roads. It is evident that our age cannot wholly rest upon the achievements
of the past. However much these may appeal to the aesthetic, philosophical
or practical minds that with profound reverence and gratitude appreciate
their meaning and worth, new truths must lead the way.

Our universities and colleges amply supply us with the most exact infor-
mation concerning the art, science, philosophy and life of the past. There
have been and always will be centres for this kind of knowledge, supplying a
distinct need, and offering great advantages to students and men of learning.
Yet we cannot live and advance by this alone. New life brings new
demands; and for these we must prepare ourselves. We cannot always point
backwards, even though we indicate ideals. We cannot bring the dead to
life again. We must create new ideals, and look forward and upward,
assured that the fundamental aim set before men is search after truth.
There is something very uplifting in this assurance, and in the thought that
all the greatest philosophers and men of science cheerfully expend their whole
life and strength in endeavouring to leave the world a fragment — however
small — of this truth, which is gradually leading us to the very divinity of
our Creator.

All common effort made towards intellectual culture tends to raise
mankind as a complete whole, bringing together the rich and the poor,
the weak and the strong in the arms. of divine progress. It gives
unity of purpose to human endeavour, purifies the mind, animates the
soul, and diffuses harmony throughout the world. Nothing that is righteous
will be created by man in vain, and nothing that is'divine will be kept from

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