Of Human Freedom

Of Human Freedom

Of Human Freedom

Of Human Freedom

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When our children ask us, twenty years from now, "What did you accomplish in those days?" we shall perhaps be glad to answer, like the French revolutionist after the Terror, "I survived." Those who look about them to-day are inclined to despair -- to despair of accomplishment, of civilization, of life itself. Five years (it is barely more since Hitler came to power and half that since Spain was rent by civil war) seems an eternity when it is five years filled with hatred, poisoned faith, and unspeakable violence. Yet by an effort of the will over the impressionable senses it is possible to see in these same five years the emergence of a great lesson that we have fairly bought with the lives of others and the anguish of our own deepest selves.

Amid all the distractions of the contemporary chaos we have learned that the things worth living for, the things we lump together under the name of culture and civilization, have to be defended at first hand. Our old belief that by doing . . .

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