"The Wave Of The Future"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This is a keenly reasoned, forcefully presented argument defending an American policy of neutrality in regard to the early aggression of Nazism. Aware that man can view the events of his time only in the narrow, limited confines of his conditioned perception, Mrs. Lindbergh, discarding the popular opinions of the day, seeks to evaluate the significance of the critical time around the turn of the decade in the light of a broadened perspective. She relates the revolution in Germany with World War I, the Russian revolution, and the rise of Fascism and other such movements characteristic of a restless, changing world. Though she does not defend militarism, she feels that ultimate good may come from what presently is apparent evil. Nazism, then, is actually a part, though a violent part, of the wave of the future. America's hope is not in suppressing the evils of Nazism; it is rather in making herself worthy and capable of a new future by reaffirming her own values and ideals. The forces that prompted Germany to launch an aggressive war should prompt America to a spiritual revolution. In her conclusion she restates the thesis of her essay:

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it. What is our course to be? Shall we leave our own troubles and crusade abroad? . . . The price of peace is to be a strong nation, not only physically but also morally and spiritually.