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curious, dispersed nationality to dread or dislike.
He is a remnant and legacy of mediaevalism, a
sentimentalist, perhaps, but no furtive plotter



ANTICIPATIONS

against the present progress of things. He was
the mediaeval liberal; his persistent existence
gave the lie to Catholic pretensions -all through
the days of their ascendency, and to-day he gives
the lie to all our yapping "nationalism/' and
sketches in his dispersed sympathies the coming
of the world-state. He has never been known to
burke a school ; such a malicious plot as that as-
sociated with the name of Lord Hugh Cecil, to rob
the struggling adolescents of the poorer middle-
class of their chance of an education by burk-
ing the higher grade board schools, would cer-
tainly be beneath the mental level of the average
Whitechapel Jew. Much of the Jew's usury is no
more than social scavenging. The Jew will pro-
bably lose much of his particularism, intermarry
with Gentiles, and cease to be a physically distinct
element in human affairs in a century or so. But
much of his moral tradition will, I hope, never
die. . . . And for the rest, those swarms of
black, and brown, and dirty-white, and yellow
people, who do not come into the new needs of
efficiency?

Well, the world is a world, not a charitable in-
stitution, and I take it they will have to go. The
whole tenor and meaning of the world, as I see it,
is that they have to go. So far as they fail to
develop sane, vigorous, and distinctive personali-
ties for the great world of the future, it is their
portion to die out and disappear.

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THE NEW REPUBLIC

The world has a purpose greater than happi-
ness ; our lives are to serve God's purpose, and that
purpose aims not at man as an end, but works
through him to greater issues. . . . This, I be-
lieve, will be the distinctive quality of the new re-
publican's belief. And, for that reason, I have not
even speculated whether he will hold any belief
in human immortality or no. He will certainly
not believe there is any post-mortem state of re-
wards and punishments because of his faith in
the sanity of God, and I do not see how he will
trace any reaction between this world and what-
ever world there may be of disembodied lives.
Active and capable men of all forms of religious
profession to-day tend in practice to disregard
the question of immortality altogether. So, to a
greater degree, will the kinetic men of the coming
time. We may find that issue interesting enough
when we turn over the leaf, but at present we have
not turned over the leaf. On this side, in this life,
the relevancy of things points not in the slightest
towards the immortality of our egotisms, but con-
vergently and overpoweringly to the future of our
race, to that spacious future, of which these weak,
ambitious Anticipations are, as it were, the dim
reflection seen in a shallow and troubled pool.

For that future these men will live and die.



THE END



BY H. GL WELLS



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