Excerpt from The New Era in the Philippines
A new era is dawning in the Philippine Islands. Just what that era is to be, it is too soon fully to know. Forces are at work which may effect vast changes in the Filipinos who are ruled and perhaps also in the Americans who rule. The new era can hardly be worse than the old. I believe it will be better. But a joyous optimism and a fretful pessimism are alike as unworthy of us at this hour as the greed of gain and the lust of power.
We are at the end of a victorious war, but we are only at the beginning of the momentous problems to which it has given rise. It is therefore not a time for national glorification or for appeals to greed or passion, but for thoughtful, solemn consideration of our duty. By no scheming of our own, and in ways very strange to us, we have been forced into governmental relations with eight millions of people on the other side of the planet. The United States cannot expect to succeed where so many other nations have failed unless it heeds the lessons of experience. The laws of the moral universe will not be changed because this particular country is involved.
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