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In fact, it goes contrary to the whole trend of the traditions by which mankind is
educated. On the whole it has been de- / nied that experience and life can
regulate themselves and provide their own means of direction and inspiration.
Except for ...
In three words, I conceive the essential task of religion to be "to develop the
consciences, the ideals, and the aspirations of mankind." It is very important to
notice that in the definitions I have given, duty has nothing to do with what
... throughout the consciousness of mankind — will be likely to question my initial
statement that it is one of the three ideas which, whether true or false as a
universal generalization, has at least exerted, and is undoubtedly still destined to
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Autobiographical essays by Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Dewey, Dreiser, H.G. Wells, Nansen, James Jeans, Babbitt, Arthur Keith, James Adams, H.L. Mencken, Julia Peterkin, Lewis Mumford, G.J. Nathan, Hu ... Read full review