Speech at Washburn College Chapel, January 13, 1922 (excerpts)




Europeans May Outdistance Americans Intellectually and Philosophically.

"If the young people of America do not get a historic perception of the affairs of Europe, a great opportunity will be lost," said Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago and a noted writer on sociological, economical and political questions, to the students of Washburn College Friday morning.

"War has left behind it a great many animosities which it is difficult for Europe to overcome. It is more easy for the United States to forget them unless we are careful, out of their poverty and desolation, the Europeans are going to rise to greater heights than we for they are making a great effort to forget the hatred of the past years."

Miss Addams spoke of the "Movement of youth" in Switzerland, which was started by High School students. It is an effort to get back to the simpler life, and by the study of literature and history, to [re-express] the life which lies behind and to get the best out of the present life.

This is only one example of the trend of European thought.

"This new effort is not easy for them," said Miss Addams, "but they do it because they want to start over again. Europe feels that the new international life is its only salvation."

Miss Addams concluded her address by pointing out that while nationalism has great beauty and patriotism is a fine thing, we must supplement it with love for the world. If the League of Nations and the Conference at Washington do not get away from political conditions and become humanized, they cannot last.