Signs of the Times

[From "In Days To Come," by Walter Rathenau, Minister of Reconstruction in the German Cabinet]

"The sacrifices that will be demanded in days to come will be greater, the service will be more arduous, the material reward will be less considerable, than in the socialist commonwealth; for in days to come there will be required something more than the renunciation of material goods. We shall have to put away from ourselves our dearest vanities, weaknesses, vices, and passions; upon us will be imposed the duty of cherishing sentiments and performing deeds, which to-day we esteem in theory while despising them in practice; we shall have to learn by hard experience that our aim in life must not be happiness but fulfillment, that we have to live not for our own sake but for the sake of God."

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