had its own self-government in the village community. Dynasties changed but the people always retained the power to manage all that was vital to them. This has saved them from sinking into barbarism, this has given our culture a community through centuries of political vicissi tude. Our western rulers have destroyed this funda mental structure of our civilisation, the civilisation based upon obligations of intimate human relationship. And therefore nothing today has been left for the people through which they can express their collective mind, their creative will, realise the dignity of their soul, except the political instrument the foreign model of which is always before their envious gaze. We come to Europe for our lesson in the mastery of this instrument, as Japan has done and has becn successful in her purpose. But must our friend, the fascist philosopher, come to us to copy our political impotence, the result of the surrender of freedom for centuries to the authority of some exclusive reservoir of concentrated power, while rejecting our great ideal of spiritual freedom which has its basis upon the philosophy that infinite truth is everywhere, and that it is for everyone to reach it by removing the obstruction of the self that obscures light P eé २.
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