Cooperation is one of the world's great needs at the present time, cooperation among individuals, cooperation among nations. A few years ago there took place the mightiest rupture, possibly, in human history between a powerful nation and its allies and practically the rest of the world, a rupture which plunged mankind into a war unequaled in ferocity. The rupture, say what one may about it politically, resulted from lack of understanding of divine Principle, as all disagreements do, whether they arise between nations or between individuals. For nothing is more certain than that the greater the knowledge of Principle the greater is the tendency to cooperation between individuals and peoples, and the less the liability of disputes.

The question of cooperation is a far bigger one than the mere attempt on the part of more or less large bodies of people to unite for the purposes of self-interest. Such a union may be very much a selfish one; indeed, it is certain to be, if it be formed on any basis other than that of an understanding of Principle. And it can quite readily be seen how a union of this kind may be formed to attempt the defeat of the intentions of other bodies founded on high moral purpose.

If we inquire into the activities of men endeavoring to unite for common action, it will be found that either evil or good predominates in their councils. Rarely will it be found, however, that any such combination is altogether bad. But be that as it may, it is absolutely certain that should evil motives predominate, the doom of that combination is sealed. Equally certain it is that a union based on an understanding of divine Principle need fear nothing of an evil nature; its actions are bound to produce good results; it will continue to prosper even while its opponents are finding their union disintegrating and dissolving.

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Overcoming Fear of Separation
August 16, 1924

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