Signs of the Times

From the Advertiser, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

References to the great amount of good work being performed by the Young Women's Christian Association, not only in Bendigo, but all over the world, were made in the town hall, when the association held its annual festival. The chairman was the Bishop of Bendigo. . . . Bishop Baker said the epoch in which we are living was the greatest the world had ever seen. It was marked by the liberation of great forces, thoughts, and ideals which were going on in our midst. Throughout the world there was a rising tide of national feeling, color, and of social affairs. Among all these forces was the rising tide of youth. It was seen everywhere in the world; youth was coming forward with new plans, new ideals, and fresh thoughts. This rising tide had its beginning before the war—the great conflict only served to intensify it. One of the best signs of Germany's rejuvenation was the movement of young people determined not to foster thoughts and ideals which led to war. They wanted peace. So strong was this rising tide in Australia that it must of necessity be guided. If it was controlled in channels of usefulness it would be one of the mightiest blessings the world had ever known. All depended on its handling, its training, and its control whether its effects would be for the betterment of the country. The good in any one country was bound to have a big effect in other parts of the world. There was also the phase of rising womanhood. Nothing was more remarkable in the world to-day than the rise of womanhood in Moslem lands, where the wearing of the veil had recently been dispensed with. The veil was the symbol of the veiled mind, and with its abolition women would come to take a greater share of their responsibility. The world was witnessing a complete change of feeling; the bad old order was passing away, and owing to the inventions of civilization womanhood was slowly realizing that she had a higher destiny than being merely a chattel and a plaything for mankind.

March 5, 1927

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