seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. There is some
bitterness in my today's speech too, but I want to stress that it
comes not from an adversary, but from a friend."
split in today's world is perceptible even to a hasty
glance...Understanding of the split often is limited to this
political conception: that danger may be abolished through
successful diplomatic negotiations or by achieving a balance of
"The truth is
that the split is a much [more] profound [one] and a more alienating one, that the rifts are
more than one can see at first glance. This deep manifold split bears
the danger of manifold disaster for all of us, in accordance with the
ancient truth that a kingdom -- in this case, our Earth -- divided against itself
"A decline in courage may be the most striking
feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world
has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country,
each government, each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations."
"Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and
the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire
society. Of course, there are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining
influence on public life."
one point out that from ancient times declining courage has been
considered the beginning of the end?"