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558         VII. THE MECHANISM OF TIME-BINDING
tional A standards of scientific values. International Scientific Congresses are not only necessary for the advancement of science, but they also explicitly prove science to be entirely international.
The latest, most important A institution is found in the League of Nations, which embraces practically the whole civilized world, with the exception of a very few nations who display infantile and A aloofness, using different self-deceptive excuses, and, to a large extent, handicapping the power and usefulness of the League.
As we have learned lately, not only human achievements, but also human disasters, are mostly interrelated and international, and are becoming more so every year. Obviously, with A narrowness, selfishness, shortsightedness, infantilism, commercialism, militarism, nationalism., rampant, mankind, to prevent further major A disasters, would have to produce a special international body which would co-ordinate various structural achievements, strivings., formulate and inform the great masses of mankind of the modern scientific A, adult standards of evaluation.
At present, we already have the necessary agencies; but, as yet, they are inefficient and non-co-ordinated. These are to be found in International Scientific Congresses, and the League of Nations. The weak spots of these organizations are found in the fact that the Scientific Congresses are too cumbersome, expensive, non-co-ordinated and only periodic. The League of Nations, although a A body in structure, is mostly made up of men who do not know any other standards of evaluation than A, and so they often lack the means to present a scientific, or A argument, and usually do not realize the tremendous power they would have in a .^-system. In human affairs, for instance, there cannot be a neutral and innocent absentee. One such absentee with guns and battleships becomes a powerful blocking and so, ultimately, disrupting factor for the rest of civilization. Such an absentee is not, then, guilty by omission; but, from a A point of view, becomes guilty by commission. The League, when definitely and fully allied with international science, will some day have the pluck to make such a declaration and act accordingly. A consciously A League of Nations will not limit itself to the thankless and very often useless task of adjusting inevitable clashes of A standards of evaluation, but will, with the full co-operation of scientists, undertake the much more important, constructive, and unique duty of a guardian and leader of human culture. Such a League would become a scientific, professional, international, co-ordinating, cultural, time-binding advisory organization for all nations. National A govern-