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

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established by general consent, through higher conceptions of the divine
spirit of God unfolding world-embracing missions to man.

The division of the different parts of the earth has now been made.
The sea and the land have been measured. These are all material accomplish-
ments, but the inspiration and genius of man has no limit and no end, and
these will develop in spite of all boundary lines, in spite of peace and war,
religions and laws; and it is to facilitate the growth of the inspiration and
genius of man that it is proposed to create, for the mutual benefit of all
nations, a World Centre, where their spiritual and intellectual inspirations as
well as their scientific and physical achievements will be focused.

A world centre of science and culture built upon broad, human lines,
would meet with a universal response. Though each state may be intent on
fulfilling local obligations and on working out its own economic and prac-
tical expansion, yet, closer relationships brought about in a normal way, would
facilitate a reciprocal understanding of the most essential social, intellectual,
scientific and spiritual needs of men, and such a brotherhood of endeavour
would go far towards producing a unity of purpose and a spiritual desire to
give and to receive only what is most essential to progress, and most elevating
to the soul.

It is being realised more and more that nations can never again be enti-
rely separated. Impassable walls to enclose and protect them are things of
the past. All barriers built by personal pride and unrighteous gain are des-
tined to crumble away, for the great human sea will sooner or later undermine
their very foundations. No walls built by human hands can prevent God s
people from coming together. Therefore if humanity is to move forward, it
must move as a united whole; for only by the concentrated efforts of mental
and physical strength, joined in one determined purpose, can humanitv carry
out its right mission.

The world has progressed by religion and it has progressed by war.
Religion has lent an invisible ideal to the minds of men; war has lent them
the arms of material protection, but religion as well as war is stained with
bloodshed. Yet, in spite of all, the world has progressed. Nevertheless,
however great the value of war in the past, however useful it was in blending
nationalities, in drawing great groups of people together, in uniting their
achievements, in setting up great aims and ideals, for the protection of which
even life was never grudged, however potent it has been in stimulating patrio-
tism, yet, although vast sums are annually spent on elaborate scientific prepa-
rations, war is certainly becoming less and less of a necessity. That the
future will find a new and more righteous means of protection than the des-
truction of human life, cannot be doubted. Science helps to preserve life,
and religion points out ever more clearly the God in man which cannot
be trampled on by death. As men awaken to these truths, so they will
repel with horror the inhuman desire of inventing death-dealing machines.
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