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

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lopment and the psychical entity which lies at the back of national life, and
gives it strength, unity and force can never be dispensed with. To get rid
of these would be as unreasonable as to take the foundations from beneath a
tower and expect it to retain its equilibrium.

As was said before, valuable contributions pour in from every side.
Ideal suggestions as well as practical methods for assuring closer and more
harmonious relations are forthcoming in such abundance that a universal
endeavour is manifest to establish a centre, or fountain, of human knowledge
from which the whole world may quench its unceasing thirst for enlighten-
ment and righteousness. Already the vision of universal cooperation is
dawning upon us clearly, inspiring higher motives upon broader human lines.
Millions are working together quietly towards the organisation of a world
unity : and it would seem that this unity must have been divinely foreseen
from the beginning, for we find everywhere men working actively and ins-
tinctively for the formation of wider and wider spheres of affiliation.

It will be found that the centre of communication, here planned, is sug-
gested as a means of meeting this great demand. Such a centre must of
necessity be world-wide in its scope, and therefore international. It need
not interfere with state politics or existing laws, but, on the other hand it
would lend inestimable assistance to every social and political endeavour
interesting the whole world.

Each nation would remain the same : in constitution and customs no
abdication of sovereignty, or any kind of dictation would be imposed upon
countries, or states.

A common centre for collecting and imparting the most essential human
requirements, a centre in which states and men may freely communicate with
each other, a centre open and of easy access, that registers and preserves the
statistics of human progress, must benefit all countries and all men. And
what seems most appealing and reassuring is that such a world centre would
be like a world heart through which the highest human efforts would flow,
be purified and return to nourish and promote the ever increasing demand
for science, truth and enlightenment. It is undeniable that through the crea-
tion of international organisation protecting and guiding all the interests of
human life a broader feeling of assurance is provided. This world unity of
interests will go far to lessen the necessity of war; for the incentive to the
latter will become weaker as the bonds of community between nations
increase by economic and industrial ties or by scientific cooperation.

We have seen the beginning of individual efforts to call into being inter-
national centres in many directions which benefit the progress both of men
and nations. We have seen the formation of International Institutes of Agri-
culture, of international centres of various universally acknowledged inte-
rests, such as the White and Red Cross, the Society " Autour du Monde
at Paris, the Labour Unions, the Office Central des Institutions Internatio-
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