Signs of the Times

[Harold Begbie in London (England) Chronicle]

Satan let loose upon the earth has proved himself the most powerful ambassador of the Christian ethic. What has happened is this. In order to defeat the mighty engine of Kaiserism the free nations of the earth have been driven into, first, a union of their military strength, and second, a union of their economic power. Here at the outset is the beginning of a league of nations. But war, prolonging its destruction and extending its ruin, has driven these free nations into a unity of spirit which has never before characterized the relations of states. The economic association of the Allies has become "an international phenomenon of the first magnitude." It has created among these free nations a spirit of comradeship so fine and so true that it is literally exorcising from their midst that immemorial selfishness of nationalism which has been the chief curse of history and the main bar to religious progress.

Selfishness has been weighed in the scales and found wanting. The rivalry of nations has been suffered till it has burned down the house of life. Henceforth men will discover a new way. The greatest of statesmen will be that nation which is servant of all. The greatest of statesmen will be that statesman who insures the prosperity of the whole world. Men will work for others as well as for themselves, and their work in consequences will have a higher happiness for them; and instead of hatred and calumny corrupting the relations of the earth, we shall have kindness and cooperation binding together all the families of mankind.

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June 7, 1919

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