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

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CONCLUSION.

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Yet, should it seem desirable that this centre be established inland, Bel-
gium, Holland and Switzerland can also be mentioned for their central situa-
tion and their direct and rapid communication with the many established
capitals.

The question of locality, however, being of international importance,
could hardly be decided except by a large consensus of opinion, and by the
decision of delegates appointed by the nations.

In order fully to demonstrate the benefits occurring from such a centre,
each nation might appoint a commission for the study of the advantages that
would accrue to each as a whole, and to the many branches of industry,
commerce, science, art, culture, situate within its limits, as well as to inves-
tigate the measures needed to legalise its establishment. These commissions
could meet at a world convention in Rome, Paris, Berlin, London or "Washing-
ton, where, if it were desired, the original plans and drawings reproduced
in this volume, could be exhibited and their practical as well as artistic merits
analysed.

In consideration of the immense and innumerable advantages to be derived
by all governments and peoples from a simplification of international methods
and relations, the resulting vast economy of time and money, and rapid
diffusion of results in all branches of human effort, which would be made
possible by the establishment of this centre, the net cost of its realisation
and support would be slight.

Though its construction would require a comparatively large sum, this
amount divided among the nations, and spread over the number of years
necessary for its realisation, would at no time be oppressive. Moreover, it
is presumable that the established international associations and institutions,
either scientific, industrial, religious, humanitarian, educational or artistic,
would aid in the establishment of a monumental centre, destined both to their
own aggrandisement and to the worthy representation and protection of the
common interests of humanity. Private individuals also who should desire
to promote peace and further the progress of the world, would certainly
offer assistance.

Moreover, the opportunities opened to nations and to individuals, not
only for economy but for immeasurably increased gains, both financial and
intellectual, would quickly justify the initial expense.

From the beginning of time centralisation began, and it is legitimate to
believe that to the end of time it will continue. Despite prejudice and war,
suffering and bloodshed, an irresistible force ever draws men to a deeper
understanding of a common aim. An invisible guiding hand unites all peo-
ples by fraternal bonds of a grander sympathy. The memory of the lives
that in the past courageously and faithfully gave their energy to the divine
mission of unification, stimulates the desire of men to move in unison.
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