A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason.
The man of science, the artist, the philosopher are attached to their nations as much as the day-laborer and the merchant.
And History will smile to think that this is the species for which Socrates and Jesus Christ died.
Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing, O Beloved, in the season of the Spring!
Nothing seems to me more doubtful than Aristotle’s remark that it is probable the arts and philosophy have several times been discovered and several times lost.
There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.
In listing these tendencies making for a new world, we must not forget developments in the religious or spiritual thinking and feeling of mankind, where also we feel a strong unifying trend.
The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable.
Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.
The question whether the long effort to put an end to war can succeed without another major convulsion challenges not only our minds but our sense of responsibility.