AMERICA, THE CITADEL
" America is more than a country: it is a state of mind."
WHAT do we mean when we speak of the free world?
We mean a world in which the relations of men to one another are neighborly and helpful rather than unkind, suspicious, and either actually or potentially hostile. We mean a world in which this friendly spirit is the predominant note in all the various social groupings which together make up organized and civilized life-- beginning with the family and extending, through the local community, the township, and the county, and the state, or province, to the organization representing the nation or people as a whole. We mean a world in which men and women are not too busy or too self-centered to rise to an occasion, like the Good Samaritan, and in which those to whose directions we conform, the Caesars to whom we pay our taxes and render obedience in other ways, themselves acknowledge that they are subject to a higher authority, the authority of conscience. A free world is a world in which men willingly co-operate with the law and in which the law itself is felt to be, in the classic words of Justice Holmes, "the witness and external deposit of our moral life."