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Vladimir Putin

Eby, Rev. C.S.

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Studying the great questions that come up in the papers and magazines and feeling that almost every question is becoming Imperial, or, even more, international. Also realizing that the only solution to all of these questions is in the citizen, the individual man, the intelligent man, who is at the basis of the fabric of our institutions. Defining Imperial citizenship, with illustration. Two great revolutions in human life, human history, human thought, that we have to face, out of which a new world has been born. The inventions of the telescope, and the microscope. Understanding the whole into which we fit. Citizenship developed in the unit, and that citizenship made Imperial in its sweep. A man measured by the self-conscious citizenship of his life: an analysis. Finding one nation in the midst of this great Empire. Common elements all related to one great common centre and related to each other with common ideals, combining in one great whole of thought that which is not to be found inside of a municipality or a province or a nation by itself. An Empire in connection with other Empires in the great whole of this planet and of humanity. In the same sense, combined nations in one great Empire, giving up certain things for the advantage of the whole and gaining thereby a larger mutual advantage. Every step in the process toward Imperial citizenship implying a certain amount of giving up on our part, but in every case the giving up involving a very much greater amount of advantage to us. Indications through every step that in every way the world is getting to be very close together. Emphasizing the possibilities of this development of our young men in our citizenship of the present day. The Imperial idea of citizenship as a life of personal effort for largest service. The speaker's belief that it is possible for us to develop here in Canada those virile, manly, large powers that will make the strongest kind of an Empire by simply enlarging the scope of our thinking and getting ourselves and our young men to understand the heritage into which we have entered. The need for every one of us to take part. Reference for a few minutes to the question of the unemployed. Ways in which this question is becoming more and more a national, an Imperial, an international question.