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

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06 CREATION OF A WORLD-CENTRE.

The most positive ideal of our day is undoubtedly that the whole earth
shall become in the future a field of action for every man, and that the advan-
tages secured by the concentrated efforts of humanity shall be utilised to
bring nations into better economic relations. The principle of giving and
taking will become more and more beneficial. The world consensus of high
living in art, science and industry tends ever to facilitate the progress and
destiny of man, and to bring about a greater unity, and a clearer understand-
ing of the purpose of his mission. We are all God s chosen people, and we
are beginning to realise our mission more deeply and fully. We feel more
surely its divine nature and we work more earnestly in performing it, now
that the great truth is coming home to us that the Kingdom of Heaven must
be built from within, in this life. We are given the privilege and the means
of accomplishing this great work. Shall we not go about it with faith and
good will? Has the past meant nothing but a confusion of conflicting obli-
gations, stained with personal aggrandisement? Has it through the via dolo-
rosa of blood and tears, through suffering, sacrifice and martyrdom, with all
the strength of human endeavour groping in the dark, won for us nothing but
greater material strength? Are we still building Kingdoms upon the sandy
foundations of entangled personal ambitions, only waiting for the great sea
of human progress to sweep in and overthrow them ? Can we still stand
boldly before God, and deny the mission that the soul of man strives to
fulfil? Can we go on sacrificing human endeavour and strength, and waste
the energy of human inspirations, and let blood flow again in rivers of
sacrifice ?

It must, now become clear to all men and rulers of men that
without a common centre, organised upon a general basis of approval, cen-
tralising and uniting the highest motives in mans endeavours, — strength
and effort are both wasted.

As was said at the outset, no existing conditions can or need be swept
away, without being replaced by some definite and more advantageous
system.

The expense to each nation for the construction and support of such a
centre as here outlined would be but an atom in comparison with the advan-
tages to be derived. Each State supplied with a permanent, durable, monu-
mental building, would be enabled to keep in practical touch with the whole
world of vital activities. The expense of supporting ambassadors and dele-
gates as well as scientific and economic specialists in all branches of industry
and culture, would be entirely counterbalanced by the economy in time,
money and effort that would be made possible by centralised management
and immediate communication.

Therefore a strong appeal is made to all rulers in all governments of
the world to think of this great question of a World Capital City as a
solution to the most vital of human demands, that is : unity of purpose,
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