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Acephalous civilization is beyond conception. It is from three cities, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, that the modern world has been evolved. They did their work. Of Jerusalem there now remains but a gibbet, Calvary ; of Athens, a ruin, the Parthenon ; of Rome, a phantom, its empire. Are these cities dead, then ? No. A broken eggshell does not necessarily imply that the egg has been destroyed; it rather signifies that the bird has come forth from it, and lives. From out of those shells lying yonder – Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem – the human ideal has sprung and soared. From Rome has come Power; from Athens, Art ; from Jerusalem, Freedom ; the great, the beautiful, the true. . . . . And they live anew in Paris, which in one way has resuscitated Rome, in another Athens, and in another Jerusalem ; for from the cry of Golgotha came the principle of the Rights of Man. And Paris also had had its crucified; one that has been crucified for eighteen hundred years - its People. But the function of Paris has been to spread ideas. Its never ending duty is to scatter truths over the world, a duty it incessantly discharges. Paris is a sower, sowing the darkness with sparks of light. It is Paris which, without a pause, stirs up the fire of Progress, It casts superstitions and fanaticism, and hatred and folly and prejudice on to this fire, and from the darkness comes a blaze of light. . . Moreover, Paris is like the centre of our nervous system ;each of its quivers is felt throughout the world. And, further, it is like a ship sailing on through storms and whirlpools to unknown Atlantides, and ever towing the fleet of mankind in its wake. There can be no greater ecstasy than that which