A Glance At The Future
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 8 Mar 1951, p. 282-297
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A Glance At The Future

The speaker's background. The speaker's belief that there are some things we must do for our future and his hope that we will get around to doing them. A cultural review. Changes in the field of the arts; freedom of expression for the author, the artist, the composer. The revolution witnessed in the world of letters, due largely to the influence of Freud, the study of the mind, and human behaviour. Frankness on the printed page. A steady succession of books written about subjects which were once taboo. Harm done by the suspension of rules and disregard of ethics. The revolution in painting. Some of the speaker's preferences. Some good that the revolution in painting has done. The hope that in the near future there will be a stock-taking; an effort made to decide how much of the new is worth retaining and how much should be discarded after a half-century of trial and experiment. The establishing again of some of those badly bent or broken and forgotten rules of the past, and the setting up again of workable standards of judgment. Some instances of rules which the speaker would like to see rescued. The greater difficulty with regard to standards of judgment. A review of some of the miraculous advances in science, and medical science. The inevitable advance in manufacturing facilities. The benefits of an extension of leisure time and a longer span of life. The problem of modern wonders in the field of destruction. Facing a world that is split into warring factions. The release of atomic energy as a beginning, not an end unless we make it one. Discoveries that may come. The danger that the more complicated life becomes, the less time we have for the improvement of our minds and the tending of the spiritual forces within us. Asking questions about how we will handle the future. A discussion of the speaker's concerns about the future. Some remarks on Canada and Canadians, and Canada's future.