application of the Golden Rule. Now obviously, one reason for such an answer is that my parents taught me to believe these things, and I accepted them, first, because they said I should. But today, as a supposedly mature adult, my reason and my experience tell me that they are both fundamental and sound.
I can say that I believe that only in the operation of Christian principles will the world really get together, but that is a hollow, pompous phrase unless I reduce it to my own personal level and say, I believe individuals have to learn to get along with each other, first, because nations are made up of individuals, and one of them is myself. This is very important. It means that my own thoughts, my own behavior, are not inconsequential. They have an impact on the people I know, come in contact with, and they react on others in a widening circle, like the ripples from a pebble thrown into a pool. Yet, I must not get a distorted idea of my own importance.