The Far Eastern crisis which is now rocking the world has deep roots and wide ramifications. It is like a great earthquake which registers abrupt shifts in the planetary crust and sends its tremors out to the farthest corners of the globe. Its shock is so sharp and terrifying that we are apt to forget that it is part of a cosmic process which is not blind and arbitrary but which follows an overall pattern that makes sense and can be understood. And yet it is precisely in times of deep crisis that we most need to keep our heads, to maintain a sense of proportion, to see things in perspective.
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