Although statesmen have worked for peace, soldiers have fought for it, and many have prayed for it, its achievement sometimes seems to be farther away than ever. Are we not entitled to a permanent, definite, scientific peace? And is it not evident that since neither economics, politics, nor force of arms has as yet achieved peace, the perplexing problem of strife needs to be approached from a spiritual basis? Any world problem or any national problem is the sum of the thinking of the individuals affected by it. This problem, to be solved, must at first be overcome in individual thought. If the problem is one of strife, the consciousness of the individual has to be pacified through the only method available: the replacement of confused thinking with scientific understanding of spiritual facts.

The whole issue is most understandingly clarified in the following passage from the epistle of James (3: 16-18): "Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." These lines provide a wonderful plan for any peace conference. The writer has applied their truth in business discussions and at committee meetings, and it has unfailingly established peace in individual thought.

August 15, 1953

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.