By Herbert Hoover
Now, because the typhoon of warfare, of revolution and of emotion subsides there's left despite us of the U.S. a lot unrest, a lot discontent with the surer forces of human development. To we all, out of this crucible of exact, poignant, person event has come a deal of latest realizing, and it really is for we all to think of those new currents if we're to form our destiny with intelligence.
Even these elements of the realm that suffered much less from the struggle were in part contaminated via those rules. past this, despite the fact that, many have had excessive hopes of civilization all of sudden purified and ennobled by way of the sacrifices and companies of the battle; they'd notion the positive harmony of function won in battle will be carried into nice cohesion of motion in therapy of the faults of civilization in peace. yet from focus of each religious and fabric strength upon the one function of conflict the scene replaced to the titanic complexity and the numerous reasons of peace.
Thus there loom up convinced yes underlying forces in our nationwide existence that must be stripped of the imaginary—the transitory—and a definition may be given to the particular everlasting and chronic motivation of our civilization. In contemplation of those questions we needs to cross a long way deeper than the superficials of our political and fiscal constitution, for those are however the items of our social philosophy—the equipment of our social system."
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American Individualism by Herbert Hoover