Probably people always feel that they are living in a time of transition, but we can hardly be mistaken perhaps in thinking that this is an era of particularly momentous change, rapid and proceeding at an ever quickening rate.
We have lived through the flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses.
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.