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VOL. XIII. No. I.
A NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE.
EARTH, HELL AND THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE.1
I. THE DOCTRINE OF EARTH ALONE.
A LEARNED historian recently invented, and with pride announced, the phrase "psychic diapason," to express the moral and mental state of a community. His boast was that he had discovered by historical research a certain unison in tone among sentiments, ideas, emotions, as these change in conformity with the whole set of modifications that make one period differ from another in the march of time. Like most learned historians he was in ignorance of the fact that long ago the founder of sociology had based this science on that very discovery, and had coined the phrase "social concensus to describe the situation. But Lamprecht's phrasing is assuredly a more vital one than Comte's; why not, therefore, adopt and introduce it? And by way of a beginning let us compare and contrast the psychic diapason of 1920 with that of 1915. Those who can throw back their mind to that "wonder year " when the nation had fairly stepped into its war stride, will recall that the whole community (with but the smallest margin of dissentients) was heartened and energised well nigh to the pitch of a regiment in action. Throughout that exalted phase (which lasted not less than a twelvemonth), the nation moved forward on a high joyous note, rich with the overtones evoked by a war that elicited the qualities of a crusade. How different the psychic diapason of 1920! That year will doubtless be remembered for its minor key shrill with the wailing strains of unfulfilled hopes and discordant with the jarring notes of loud-voiced factions.
In no mood of mere optimism, still less of doctrinaire politics, but resolutely like a statesman, calmly like a philosopher, objectively like a scientist, let us raise the question whether it be possible
1. In the series of Papers for the Present, for which the Cities Committee is responsible, this is No, XIV,