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The Progress And Hope Of Life








How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life first
made appearance on earth none can tell; how many thousands of summers
and winters it has taken to develop itself into higher animals, no
scientist can calculate exactly. Slowly but steadily it has taken
its swerving course, and ascending stop by step the series of
evolution, has reached at length the plane of the rational animal.
We cannot tell how many billions of years it takes to develop
ourselves and become beings higher than man himself, yet we firmly
believe that it is possible for us to take the same unerring course
as the organic germs took in the past. Existing humanity is not the
same as primitive one. It is quite another race. Our desires and
hopes are entirely different from those of primitive man. What was
gold for them is now iron for us. Our thoughts and beliefs are what
they never dreamed of. Of our knowledge they had almost none. That
which they kept in veneration we trample under our feet. Things they
worshipped as deities now serve us as our slaves. Things that
troubled and tortured them we now turn into utilities. To say
nothing of the customs and manners and mode of living which underwent
extraordinary change, we are of a race in body and mind other than
the primitive forefathers of good old days.
In addition to this we have every reason to believe in the betterment
of life. Let us cast a glance to the existing state of the world.
While the Turco-Italian war was raising its ferocious outcry, the
Chinese revolution lifted its head before the trembling throne. Who
can tell whether another sanguinary affair will not break out before
the Bulgarian bloodshed comes to an end? Still we believe that, as
fire drives out fire, to borrow Shakespeare's phrase, so war is
driving out war. As an ocean, which separated two nations in the
past, serves to unite them now, so a war, which separated two people
in the past, brings them to unity now. It goes without saying, that
every nation groans under the burden of cannons and warships, and
heartily desires peace. No nation can willingly wage war against any
other nation. It is against the national conscience. It is no
exaggeration to say the world is wholly the ear to hear the news from
the goddess of peace. A time will surely come, if our purpose be
steady and our resolution firm, when universal peace will be
restored, and Shakya Muni's precept, 'not to kill,' will be realized
by all mankind.






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