It is natural to try to understand one's own time and to seek to analyse the forces that move it.
Without a common loyalty to either a state or a church they have nevertheless a vast deal in common.
The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
The role of Italy and of Austria has diminished as has that of France and Britain; Germany and Japan have suffered catastrophically.
Technology gives us the facilities that lessen the barriers of time and distance - the telegraph and cable, the telephone, radio, and the rest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.