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20 THE FORERUNNERS

thought, are not in question. These remain, and will re- main. But they will be raised to new altitudes, dug to new depths. A wider circle of life is opening around us. We need not be surprised that many become giddy and im^^ine that the greatness of the past is decaying. But the helm must be entrusted to those who are competent, calmly and firmly, to make things ready for the new age. . . . The completest happiness which can accrue to man hence- forward, will be derived from the intelligence of mankind as a whole, and from the multiple ways which man has discovered of attaining happiness. . . . For a long time to come the intensest joy which man can know on earth will derive from supplementing the ideals of Europe by the ideals of Asia."

Researches of this nature, characterised by universality and objectivity, " formally exclude," continues the program, " everything that tends to foster hatred among nations, classes, and races ; everything that induces disintegration and useless struggle. . . . Those who are engaged in such researches have to fight one thing above alL to fight hatred, ignorance, and lack of understanding. . . . Their splendid and urgent task is to bring to light the beauty which exists in every human individuality and every nation ; their task is the practical one of discovering the scientific means of adjusting differences between nations, classes, and races. Science, and science alone, is competent, by strenuous labour, to win peace. ..."

Thus amid the warfare of the nations are being laid the foundations of spiritual peace between the nations, like a lighthouse which reveals to widely separated vessels the distant haven where they will anchor side by side. The human mind has reached the gateway leading into a new road. The gateway is too narrow, and people are crushing one another as they endeavour to get through. But beyond it I see stretching the broad highway along which they will move and where there is room for all. Amid the encircling horrors, the vision comforts me. My heart suffers, but my spirit sees the light.

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