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

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In all nations, in all times, the foundation that has supported human
inspirations in the achievement of the highest aims, has been and will
always be spiritual. Knowing therefore from the testimony of past
history that without spirituality the human desire must ultimately fail
of its purpose, we realise that through international cooperation the attain-
ment of the essential desires of men and of states could be greatly facili-
tated. An earnest appeal is therefore made that these plans be carefully
considered as a practical means of uniting the efforts of men upon a spiri-
tual and economic basis.

From the beginning of time we have noted the fusion of people from
small, isolated groups into common centres, and this centralisation has
directed their aims, broadened their views and facilitated their expansion in
commerce, industry and culture. When they have remained isolated, their
energies have been arrested, and we find no definite progress made in either
industry or culture. Left out of the direct current they become, like water
turned aside from the flowing stream, stagnant, unhealthy and infected.
Simple and direct means of communication, deeper and more fraternal rela-
tions upon ever broader spiritual and economic lines would therefore seem
more and more essential to life and to the energies of man.

Nothing should break the bonds of human affection. Although there
may be differences of opinions, social and political, mental and economical
between nation and nation, there is the assurance that, in spite of these diffe-
rences, the highest aims of all real leaders of men are fundamentally built

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