To My Reader. . . . . . . .
You may find in this book ideas or ideals that at first hearing strike you as abhorrent.They may clash with what you have long believed to represent the highest in humanexperience, or cherish as too holy to be questioned. Or you may find yourself chilled byconclusions that I reach or remedies that I press that you think too drastic. But I wouldremind you that the disintegration of our whole society is far advanced, that the timeallowed us for action is short, and that the peril hanging over us is —
Extremeemergencies may require extreme measures. Our need is for men of the courage andindependence of mind to set aside all taboos, men who will search and reassess the entireexperience of our people with discernment and with insight, and will then have theresolution and the dedication to apply to the solution of our problems all the light and thefullest wisdom to which their search has led them — even though it cost them their lives.And one word more.In general there is much in each chapter that, if it is to be rightly understood and its spiritfully sensed, must be read in the light of all that has gone before. Therefore, I would urgemy reader to avoid skipping around. The reading will surely prove the most fruitful if he begins at the beginning and reads straight through.William G. Simpson