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The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language.
 

The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms.
 

The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
 

The present age has seen a great slump in humanist values.
 

The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism.
 

This freedom of political discussion on the highest level is something which Western civilization has in common with that of classical antiquity, but with no other.
 

Thus Christian humanism is as indispensable to the Christian way of life as Christian ethics and a Christian sociology.
 

Unlike other peoples the United States found their origin in a deliberate act of corporate self-assertion, and ever since the Revolution every little American has been taught to associate himself personally with this creative act.
 

Yet humanitarianism is not a purely Christian movement any more than it is a purely humanist one.
 

You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work, and still they will remain unsatisfied. You can deny them all these things, and they will not complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for.
 


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