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The world wars have hardened hearts, brutalized natures, and externalized interests. That is, they have made people more materialistic. But on the other hand they have also brought Orient and Occident into closer touch, so that the cultures of both have widened. Our spiritual knowledge has been enlarged and aesthetic life has been refined.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 249

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