Thinking in Hemispheres

The conference in Washington is affording the whole world an object lesson in the necessity of thinking in hemispheres. The necessity has always existed, but the understanding of it has never before been so clear. In Washington to-day the two great branches of the Anglo-Saxon race are joined with Latins from France, from Italy, and from the Iberian peninsula, with orientals from the Far East and from the Empire of India, with men from the Netherlands and the antipodes, and with the descendants of those old Belgæ whom Cæsar fought, in an effort to do what? To bring about the promise of that first Christmas morning, when the heavenly host sang together "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Eighteen hundred years of Christian preaching has not done so very much to bring into practice the command of that Christmas morning, when the earth is covered with hundreds of nations, differing in speech, in faith, and in ideals, each regarding all the others as aliens, and themselves, in their hearts, as the chosen people. The answer to that riddle is undoubtedly that these centuries have been centuries of preaching without practice, of theory without demonstration. Very different were those early days when the master Metaphysician won the people by proving the power of Principle in their streets and houses, and when his disciples went out not only to preach the gospel but to heal the sick. In those days the boundaries of nations and the barriers of speech gave way to demonstration, as was shown on the day of Pentecost, when the devout strangers dwelling in Jerusalem heard the apostles speak, each in his own tongue—"Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea and in Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Lydia about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians,"—so that they were all amazed. Some day the miracle of Pentecost will have to be repeated on a larger scale and in another way, but this will never be until mankind has learned more fully how to think in hemispheres.

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