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

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law of the world which controls the medical fraternity dedicated only to the
study of this law of nature, should also be one.

A World Centre of Communication, in touch with the acknowledged
institutes of every country, could easily ascertain the validity of every diploma
presented to it for inspection. After receiving, from the proper sources, the
generalities of each applicant, it could give a duly sanctioned certificate. The
title that enables a medical man to carry out his mission, and that is a guarantee
of safety to the human family, once recognised by one nation, would thus
be acknowledged by all. His diploma, if acquired in the proper way, would
then be a free passport for his work in one country, which is, the world.
Likewise, refusal, after due investigation, to grant a certificate, would be an
international guarantee against illegitimate practises.

We might thus review all the interests, both intellectual and material of
civilised humanity, and we should doubtless find in each of them something
that calls for international action and organisation. It is only when full
advantage is taken of the possibilities of such cooperation that human activi-
ties will be able fully to unfold and grow to their proper importance. If the
experts in all branches of science could meet in a permanent centre, their
contributions, through comparison and coordination, would lay a foundation
of ascertained facts upon which, without a shadow of doubt, the whole of
humanity would rise to a state of physical and mental perfection never hitherto
conceived as possible. Indeed, the divine architecture of the whole world
would gradually be revealed, and a Temple of Knowledge built, crowned by
the everlasting dome of Truth, under which the generations would in undying
succession be taught by the present and the past to look forward with full
assurance to the future.

It is needless further to point out the immense benefit that such a centre
might be. It is obvious that the saving of time and money would be practi-
cally unlimited. The waste of human endeavour, the sacrifice of human life
would be things of the past. Individuals, no less than states, would obtain
their rights more easily through the strengthening of the bonds of fellowship
and love, — the one essential requirement in developing peace and good will,
and in harmonising the many ways of bettering social conditions, that depend
as much upon scientific and intellectual as upon artistic and physical culture.
The scientific forces of the world, if brought together without selfish motive
into a harmonious centre, would be — beyond all doubt — of immense
benefit to the present, and would leave to succeeding generations valuable
records of their forefathers' love and faith, and of their effort, in spite of all
temporarily hindering circumstances, to raise humanity to a higher level of
existence, both physically and mentally. And peace — lasting peace — will
follow unity of endeavour as surely as day follows night.
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