Jordan noted that there are masters in the art of living as well as in other arts and sciences. ANWOT is our means to make ourselves masters in the art of living. Jordan believed that “the final end of education is not learning or official position, but service to humanity.” The greatest service he could envision was the promotion of peace and the elimination of war. Do you agree with him?
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David Starr Jordan served as chief director, 1909-11, of the World Peace foundation, and dean of the American section of the World Peace Congress at The Hague, 1913. In 1925 he won the Herman Peace Prize for the best educational plan for preserving world peace. Jordan’s books include World Peace and the College Man, 1916; Ways to Lasting Peace, 1916; and The Outlawry of War, 1927.
One of David Starr Jordan’s enthusiasms was religion. For him, true religion was “individual, not collective,” and “concerned with life, not with creeds or ceremonies.” Below are more of Jordan’s thoughts on religion.
“true religion concerns our relation to each other and to unseen and unmeasured powers surrounding us.”
“... when organizations in the name of religion strive to resist the progress of knowledge and to punish or ostracize men and women who think for themselves and by the truth are made free, their influence is evil.”
“...much that we have called religion is merely the debris of our grandfather's science.”
Jordan believed that “...those who control the spiritual thought of the Twentieth Century will be religious men,” and that the religious expression of the new century would “deal with the world as it is in the service of ‘the God of things that are.’” He was fond of saying that wisdom “consists in knowing what to do next, virtue in doing it”; and that religion “should provide a reason why.” “Intolerance is unscientific,” he wrote in 1883. “So is it unchristian.” For him, true religion was “individual, not collective,” and “concerned with life, not with creeds or ceremonies.” He was uncomfortable with organized religion, claiming that the “machinery of worship is mistaken for its essence”.
For Jordan, the essential feature of religion is dedication to the highest purposes. Religion should be known by its tolerance, its broadmindedness, its faith in God and humanity, its recognition of the duty of action. The following poem illustrates Jordan’s belief in the resilience of humankind:
"Out of the night that covers me, Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Black as the pit from pole to pole, Looms but the Horror of the shade,
I thank whatever gods may be And yet the menace of the years
For my unconquerable soul. Finds and shall find me unafraid.
In the fell clutch of circumstance It matters not how straight the gate,
I have not winced nor cried aloud How charged with punishments the scroll,
Under the bludgeonings of chance, I am the master of my fate,
My head is bloody but not bowed. I am the captain of my soul!"
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