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The New Ideal in Education   By: (1880-1956)

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THE NEW IDEAL IN EDUCATION

AN ADDRESS GIVEN BEFORE THE LEAGUE OF THE EMPIRE

On July 16th, 1916.

BY FR. NICHOLAI VELIMIROVIC, PH.D.

Reprinted from the "FEDERAL MAGAZINE."

LONDON "THE ELECTRICIAN" PRINTING AND PUBLISHING CO., LIMITED. SALISBURY COURT, FLEET STREET, E.C.

THE NEW IDEAL IN EDUCATION.

By Father Nicholai Velimirovic, Ph.D.

"Nature takes sufficient care of our individualistic sense, leaving to Education the care of our panhumanistic sense ."

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If we do not want war we must look to the children. There is the only hope and the only wise starting point. It is not without a deep prophetic significance that Christ asked children to come unto Him. In all the world calamities, in all wars, strifes, religious inquisitions and persecutions, in all the hours of human misery and helplessness, He has been asking, through centuries, the children to come unto Him. I am sure, if anybody has ears for His voice to day, amidst the thunderings of guns and passions and revenges, one would hear the same call: Let the children come unto Me! Not kings and politicians, not journalists and generals, not the grown up people, but children. And so to day also, when we ask for a way out of the present world misery, when we in profundis of darkness to day ask for light, and in sorrow for to morrow ask for advice and comfort, we must look to the children and Christ.

WHY NOT KINGS?

Why does Christ not ask the kings to come to Him the kings, and politicians, and journalists, and generals? Because they are too much engaged in a wrong state of things, and because they are greatly responsible themselves for such a wrong state of things, and because consequently it is difficult for them to change their ways, their hearts and their minds. It would be very hard for Napoleon and Pitt to kneel together down before Christ and to embrace each other. It would be almost impossible for Bismarck and Gambetta to walk together. Not less it would be impossible for the Pope and Monsieur Loisy or George Tyrrel to pray in the same bench. Every generation is laden with sins and prejudices. That is the reason why Christ goes only a little way with every generation, and then He becomes tired and asks for a new generation He calls for children. Christ is always new and fresh as children are. Every generation is spoiled and corrupted by long living and struggling.

But for a new generation the world is quite a new wonder. God is shown only to those for whom the world is a new thing, a wonder. No one, who does not admire this world as a wonder, can find God. For the old Hæckel no God exists, just because for him no wonder exists. He pretends to know everything. Christ means for him nothing and he means for Christ nothing. Every foolish child, believing in God and in this wonderful world, has more wisdom than the materialistic professor from Germany. Christ is getting tired of an old generation. Sadly He calls for a new one for children. In our distress to day, I think, we should multiply His voice, calling for Him, for a new generation and for a new education.

THE EDUCATION WHICH MAKES FOR WAR.

It is called by a very attractive name, the individualistic education. The true name of it is selfishness, or egotism. No religion of Asia ever boasted of having been the birthplace of such an education. It is born in the heart of Europe, in Germany. It was brought up by Schopenhauer and Goethe. It was subsequently supported by the German biologists, by the musicians, sculptors, philosophers, poets, soldiers, socialists and priests, by the wisest and by the madmen beyond the Rhine. Unfortunately France, Russia and even Great Britain have not been quite exempt from this pernicious theory of individualistic education.

The sophistic theories of Athens of old have been renewed in Central Europe the individuum is the ultimate aim of education... Continue reading book >>




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