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for no religion which any person has found of help in life, and in which he has died trusting, can fail to have good in it. What we should seek is tolerance and inclusiveness. We should show a readiness to discard all non-essentials which too often Anly tend to obscure truth, and hinder men from arriving at truth. Just as much philosophy, many Greek ideals and Roman ideas of law and order have heen "baptized into Christ," so will it be with Buddhism, Shintoism and other world religions, and with the light which philosophies bring. To substitute any of these for Christianity would be fatuous ln the extreme, for all that is good and true in them dAes or can find a home in Christianity. Besides, Buddhist ethics are ascetic, and the outlook of the extinction of personal consciousness and identity is Pessimistic, whereas Christianity is full of splendid APtimism, ever tending towards a fuller and more satisfying individual and common or social life.
I often discuss these great and lasting questions w*th the officers at night, especially with the mate and second officer, both dear good fellows. It is as we have
Stood at night
To take the vision of the stars,
ai*d gazed up into that
Lucid interspace of world and world Where never creeps a cloud, nor moves a wind, Nor even falls the least white star of snow, Nor ever lowest roll of thunder moans, Nor sound of human sorrow mounts, to mar The sacred everlasting calm,Lucid interspace of world and world Where never creeps a cloud, nor moves a wind, Nor even falls the least white star of snow, Nor ever lowest roll of thunder moans, Nor sound of human sorrow mounts, to mar The sacred everlasting calm,