Signs of the Times

From an article in the Vindicator Youngstown, Ohio

Love for God is verified and revealed in man's love for his neighbor. And it is evident that this love is the prime need of our time. ... To love one's neighbor is also to discover the antidote to that crippling fear which is the most fruitful source of antagonism and hatred. The late war provided innumerable illustrations of the truth that love casts out feat, or rather transcends it in deeds of courage and sacrifice. But in the normal day-to-day relationships it also reveals its benign power to overcome fear. For it expresses itself in patience, in returning good for evil, and in the willingness to trust another's word as long as there is even a remote possibility of that word being honored; and none of these virtues is consonant with fear.

In the wider field of international relationships, in a world ridden by obsessive fear, ... it may seem unrealistic to think of the possibility of love governing the actions of statesmen. But it is just such a world that needs to be recalled to this possibility. There are no human problems that are insoluble if only they can be approached in a spirit of good will and understanding. ...

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December 6, 1952

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