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

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reach the heavens indicates in all ages an aspiration, presumptuous though it
sometimes may be, towards the divine.

This record runs, " And the people said, Let us build us a city, and a tower
whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name lest we be
scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. " Even as, " the Lord
said, Behold the people is one and they have all one language, and this is
what they begin to do : now nothing will be restrained from them which they
have imagined to do.

Though these people have left us the testimony of their aspirations and
accomplishment, and have been scattered over the face of the earth, yet the
desire to build a city and a tower grows ever greater, and the reason, funda-
mentally the same, is to unite all human efforts and attain the kingdom of
heaven from within and not from without.

Nothing that the human mind conceives is without reason or divine motive
power and attraction. We again conceive our city and our tower with the
endeavour to unite the ambitions of peoples towards one grand common
cause, drawing them from all parts of the earth to facilitate their expansion
through unity and fellowship and to secure their aims upon broad, human
lines. Notwithstanding the confusion of speech, we have a security of pur-
pose that has a silent, unspoken language of its own.

The greater the ambitions of men become, the higher must their symbol
reach ; the nobler their faith, the further, through enlightenment and truth, must
the light therefrom radiate, until the darkest parts of the world are illumined
by the divine insight and genius of man. Truth, Love and Justice should
spread from the Tower we build, expanding their radiant light through all
humanity, and a powerful voice should ring out with faith and assurance,
freely distributing knowledge to gratify the great human desire for advancement.

If this Tower of Progress can unite men's efforts and stand through the
ages as a symbol of human love and growth, through it the Kingdom of
Heaven may more securely be attained. With faith in a righteous cause,
nothing can destroy men's endeavours. We begin again our Tower with the
purpose of constructing a symbolic monument. This, like an appealing
human arm, reaches from the earth high into the heavens, not with a vain
desire for glory or reward, but to construct a symbol of truth and equality
that shall unite the endeavours of all nations.

In this building science comes to our aid and facilitates our upward aim.
The higher we construct, the more science comes to our assistance : the
conducting antennae, like finger tips above the clouds, lead the invisible
currents of human endeavour down to the powerful lungs of the World Press,
which again with magic rapidity, breathes throughout the world the record
of human accomplishments and desires.

The many advantages of a World Press forming the heart of an Interna-
tional World Centre, are obvious. Rapid and reliable communications are
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