The Promulgation of Universal Peace
25 April 1912
Message to Esperantists
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons
1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Notes by Joseph H. Hannen
Today the greatest need of the world of humanity is discontinuance
of the existing misunderstandings among nations. This
can be accomplished through the unity of language. Unless the
unity of languages is realized, the Most Great Peace and the oneness
of the human world cannot be effectively organized and established
because the function of language is to portray the mysteries
and secrets of human hearts. The heart is like a box, and language
is the key. Only by using the key can we open the box and
observe the gems it contains. Therefore, the question of an auxiliary
international tongue has the utmost importance. Through
this means international education and training become possible;
the evidence and history of the past can be acquired. The spread of
the known facts of the human world depends upon language. The
explanation of divine teachings can only be through this medium.
As long as diversity of tongues and lack of comprehension of other
languages continue, these glorious aims cannot be realized. Therefore,
the very first service to the world of man is to establish this
auxiliary international means of communication. It will become
the cause of the tranquillity of the human commonwealth. Through
it sciences and arts will be spread among the nations, and it will
prove to be the means of the progress and development of all races.
We must endeavor with all our powers to establish this international
auxiliary language throughout the world. It is my hope that it may
be perfected through the bounties of God and that intelligent men
may be selected from the various countries of the world to organize
an international congress whose chief aim will be the promotion of
this universal medium of speech.