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Emily Greene Balch, American Educator ( January 8, 1867 - January 9, 1961 )

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Technology gives us the facilities that lessen the barriers of time and distance - the telegraph and cable, the telephone, radio, and the rest.~Emily Greene Balch


Time Technology Rest

A major one which no one can overlook is technological and based on inventions and discoveries which have altered the whole basis of production and deeply affected social relations.~Emily Greene Balch


Technological Production

A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples.~Emily Greene Balch


Time Nationalism New

A third ideal that has made its way in the modern world is reliance on reason, especially reason disciplined and enriched by modern science. An eternal basis of human intercommunication is reason.~Emily Greene Balch


Science World Reason

These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were treated as possessions to be economically exploited. At least we hope that such colonialism is on the way out.~Emily Greene Balch


Death Hope Way

In listing these tendencies making for a new world, we must not forget developments in the religious or spiritual thinking and feeling of mankind, where also we feel a strong unifying trend.~Emily Greene Balch


Strong Spiritual Thinking

Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles, face change full of courage, courage based on faith.~Emily Greene Balch


Change Courage Faith

It is natural to try to understand one's own time and to seek to analyse the forces that move it.~Emily Greene Balch


Time Try Move

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.~Emily Greene Balch


Struggle Tyranny Liberty

Without a common loyalty to either a state or a church they have nevertheless a vast deal in common.~Emily Greene Balch


Loyalty Church Common

Industrialization based on machinery, already referred to as a characteristic of our age, is but one aspect of the revolution that is being wrought by technology.~Emily Greene Balch


Technology Age Revolution

The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable.~Emily Greene Balch


Future Impossible Now

We have lived through the flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation.~Emily Greene Balch


Time Suffering Beyond

Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.~Emily Greene Balch


Change Growth Medical

As to judging our own time, and thereby gaining some basis for a judgment of future possibilities, we are doubtless not only too close to it to appraise it but too much formed by it and enclosed within it to do so.~Emily Greene Balch


Time Future Possibilities

The role of Italy and of Austria has diminished as has that of France and Britain; Germany and Japan have suffered catastrophically.~Emily Greene Balch


Italy Role France

A dark and terrible side of this sense of community of interests is the fear of a horrible common destiny which in these days of atomic weapons darkens men's minds all around the globe.~Emily Greene Balch


Fear Community Men

Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor, the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society.~Emily Greene Balch


Freedom Men Society

The question whether the long effort to put an end to war can succeed without another major convulsion challenges not only our minds but our sense of responsibility.~Emily Greene Balch


War End Responsibility

There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.~Emily Greene Balch


Religion Great Desire

We speculate as to what is in store for us. But we not only undergo events, we in part cause them or at least influence their course. We have not only to study them but to act.~Emily Greene Balch


Influence Study Events

Probably people always feel that they are living in a time of transition, but we can hardly be mistaken perhaps in thinking that this is an era of particularly momentous change, rapid and proceeding at an ever quickening rate.~Emily Greene Balch


Change Time Thinking

The First World War, and especially the latest one, largely swept away what was left in Europe of feudalism and of feudal landlords, especially in Poland, Hungary, and the South East generally.~Emily Greene Balch


War World Away