The Moral Basis of Democracy: Sunday Morning Talks to Students and Graduates

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ANIMOSITY: ITS CAUSES AND ITS CURE
1914

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace.

To make our prayer for peace more than a mere ceremony three things are necessary--sincere desire, intelligent thought, and unselfish readiness to take our own share in the work to be done.

The first of these things--sincere desire for peace--we all have. Whatever may be our several opinions as to the right and wrong of the contest now raging, we unite in the wish that it may come to an end as speedily as possible. War is a terrible and a hateful thing. We hate it for the wounds and the sickness it brings to those who fight. We hate it for the yet greater pain which it brings to those whose homes are broken up by the death of men and the untold misery of women and children. We hate it because it turns gentle and courteous nations back into savagery. We hate it most of all for the violence which it does to our ideals of humanity and Christian duty.

We had fondly hoped that the era of wars between civilized nations was past, and that hand in

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