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And now, This I Believe. Here is Edward R. Murrow.
This I Believe. Lord Brabazon of Tara has been a pioneer in aviation and cars since nineteen-seven when he won his first long distance balloon race and the Ardennes auto race. A former member of Parliament, Minister of Transport and Minister of Aircraft Production, he is now director of Electrical and Musical Industries LTD. Here are the beliefs of Lord Brabazon of Tara.
First of all, as to religious beliefs, I believe in Christ as superhuman and divine for this reason: God is so tremendous a power and force. He’s in charge of all the miracles involved in the birth of a child and of the furthest nebulae. He so transcends our intelligence in every way that He becomes impossible to contemplate and impersonal. Meanwhile, the craving of the ordinary man, like myself, is to be able to speak in silent intimacy with an individual who can understand and appreciate our troubles and difficulties. It is in the lovable Jesus, who lived our life and who can understand our human troubles and difficulties, that we find a link with God. Without this link, I should feel lonely, unhappy, and uncared for.
Too much contemplation as to the relationship between God and man leads to the analogy of the clock trying to understand its maker. I dislike the idea that God was once very active when He created the universe, and that now He is tired and disinterested and that the universe will run down one day. Just as unpredictable events are possible today as in the past.
As to a future life, I dislike the idea of good conduct for a limited time, getting eternal rewards. On the other hand, individuality is so mystical and remarkable a thing, I believe in some way it continues. There is a spark of divinity in the restless spirit of man. Incidentally, I believe Christ spent many years of his life in England.
Now to other things. Not believing in the equality of man or race, I believe in an aristocracy, not of birth, but of endowment with brains or character. This endowment brings with it the responsibility and duty of good conduct, imaginative thought, and initiative in all manners.
I believe life exists only on this very remarkable planet. I am not impressed by astronomical figures, when I am reminded nature is so prolific as to waste two hundred million spermatozoa to fertilize one ovum to produce one child. I believe in the code of living and tolerant outlook on life of the English-speaking world, as although not perfect, it is superior to anything yet produced.
I believe in free will. Shirking responsibility on the theory of predestination is convenient but cowardly. Finally, I believe in the gentle man, as superior to the super man.
Those were the beliefs of Lord Brabazon of Tara, British politician, businessman, and sportsman.