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The world situation is very unpromising. Humanity has not learned as much as it ought to have learned from its terrible sufferings of recent years. Or, as in certain countries, it has even learned the wrong lessons and become more selfish, more brutal and violent, and more unco-operative. There is no escape, no new shortcut through political or economic change out of the chaos in which the nations find themselves, other than the oldest one in history--which is to avoid evil, to do good, to believe in God and the moral laws.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 355

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