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Prefatory Note

The undertaking in this work has been to follow a method which has not before been followed; to take a step which comes after those which in religion and philosophy have already been taken; to put into the work that which no method of philosophy has yet had in it; that which alone, after the work done in the past, can, with it, because of the manner in which it will create a new vision within earth, cause peace upon earth to come. It has been intended to put into it and, through it, into earth, that act of the endless-world art that will so touch the souls of men that into them will be caused gradually to come, from this time on, perception and a knowledge of the meaning and purpose of things. For, over those matters out of which do not come to the souls of men a spirit, and an understanding of them, men must perforce still war; but out of understanding, and from understanding, will alone come that which will turn their battleships into rust and their armies into a nightmare no longer to be dreamed by earth.

Then, in place of these childish follies, will highest manhood, in the form of conscience, be caused to come down, and be, and dwell upon earth. Then there will not be done by armies of people that thieve and partition, or be done to women and babes in camps of concentration, work for which a Herod of old, of Judea, or a Jack the Hipper, should blush. Then will there be done those high and serious things that will be worthy of men grown up, when, through the discovery—which sense and ability will make for them—that peace is best, there will at last come and be 'between and among men goodwill.

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