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Towards the Great Peace   By: (1863-1942)

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Towards the Great Peace by Ralph Adams Cram is a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of the human desire for a world free from the grips of chaos and conflict. In this book, Cram delves into various philosophical and spiritual concepts as he ponders the path towards achieving true peace.

One of the key elements that make this book stand out is the author's ability to seamlessly blend religious and philosophical ideologies. Cram draws upon a wide range of religious traditions and philosophical schools of thought to present a comprehensive perspective on the quest for peace. Whether it is through Buddhism, Christianity, or Hinduism, Cram examines the common threads that run through these belief systems and how they can contribute to the attainment of peace on a global scale.

What sets this book apart from other treatises on peace is Cram's emphasis on individual transformation as a catalyst for societal change. He argues that peace cannot simply be imposed from the top down, but rather, it must start within each individual. By focusing on personal growth, Cram proposes that individuals can radiate peace and harmony, creating a ripple effect in their communities and beyond.

Moreover, Towards the Great Peace challenges conventional notions of power and authority. Cram critiques the prevailing systems that perpetuate violence and exploitation, urging readers to question and challenge these structures. His ideas may appear radical to some, but they invite readers to examine the status quo and envision alternative paths towards peaceful coexistence.

While the book can be dense at times, Cram's writing style is accessible and engaging. He weaves intricate concepts with real-life examples, which helps to illustrate and facilitate a deeper understanding of his ideas. Additionally, the author's passion for his subject matter shines through each page, making the book an inspiring and enlightening read.

One of the potential limitations of Towards the Great Peace is its reliance on a more Western-centric perspective. Although Cram does draw from various religious traditions, the book's focus is predominantly on Western philosophies. A more inclusive perspective that incorporates a wider range of cultural and religious viewpoints could have enhanced the book's overall impact.

In conclusion, Towards the Great Peace is a powerful exploration of the human quest for peace and harmony. Ralph Adams Cram's diverse approach and thought-provoking ideas make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the pursuit of a more peaceful world. The book challenges readers to reconsider their preconceived notions and offers a fresh perspective on the path towards achieving true peace.

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For the course of lectures I am privileged to deliver at this time, I desire to take, in some sense as a text, a prayer that came to my attention at the outset of my preparatory work. It is adapted from a prayer by Bishop Hacket who flourished about the middle of the seventeenth century, and is as follows:

Lord, lift us out of Private mindedness and give us Public souls to work for Thy Kingdom by daily creating that Atmosphere of a happy temper and generous heart which alone can bring the Great Peace.

Each thought in this noble aspiration is curiously applicable to each one of us in the times in which we fall: the supersession of narrow and selfish and egotistical "private mindedness" by a vital passion for the winning of a Kingdom of righteousness consonant with the revealed will of God; the lifting of souls from nervous introspection to a height where they become indeed "public souls"; the accomplishing of the Kingdom not by great engines of mechanical power but by the daily offices of every individual; the substitution in place of current hatred, fear and jealous covetousness, of the unhappy temper and "generous heart" which are the only fruitful agencies of accomplishment... Continue reading book >>

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