Signs of the Times

Admiral Ben Moreell, C.E.C. U.S.N. (Ret.) from a digest in Praying Hands Winchester, Massachusetts

Our materialistic age has spawned a rapidly expanding belief that only matter and motion are real; that there is significance only in events observable by the senses or measurable by physical instruments; that unless one can see, hear, smell, feel or taste a substance, it has no reality.

Based on my experiences, in many lands, with peoples of widely varying characteristics and customs, I reject this secular concept of the nature of the universe and how it is ordered and the nature of man and his place in that universe. I hold that those basically spiritual values, patriotism, piety, honor, love, duty, charity and personal responsibility, which can neither be observed by the senses nor measured by instruments, constitute the most powerful of those forces which, in the years to come, will shape the character of our world and of its peoples.

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December 2, 1967

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