12 Jan INTRODUCTION OR CONCLUSION? (BERTRAND RUSSELL)
I allow myself to hope that the world will emerge from its present troubles, that it will one day learn to give the direction of its affairs, not to cruel swindlers and scoundrels, but to men possessed of wisdom and courage. I see before me a shining vision: a world where none are hungry, where few are ill, where work is pleasant and not excessive, where kindly feeling is common, and where minds released from fear create delight for eye, ear and heart. Do not say this is impossible. It is not impossible. I do not say it can be done tomorrow, but I do say that it could be done within a thousand years, if only men would bend their minds to the achievement of the kind of happiness that should be distinctive of man.
SOURCE: Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954), Part II: The Conflict of Passions, Ch. 10, Prologue or Epilogue?, p. 238