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designs for himself. Barring catastrophe like the bursting of our sun, and imbecillity like atomic warfare, are we designing a future to which we can hope to adapt? Or are we on the way to the Sea? The answer is as frightening as it is simple. If man discovers who he is and what is his destiny in time, he can blueprint his future. If not, he has no future. For the first time in human history, it is clear to all that intellectual and spiritual solidarity is absolutely necessary if free and creative man is to survive. Every individual has a grave responsibility to contribute to our survival; yet only a total world-wide solidarity of human understanding and love can meet the momentous issue which suddenly looms up before the entire species. Perhaps the most hopeful instrument of the con¡ solidation of mankind is the university. By definition, the university is the. storehouse of knowledge and understanding, conserving and projecting the finest insights of man. The university is the only available intellectual organization which can assume total detachment from local culture, a prerequisite to its in¡ valuable function of critical reflection upon the present age and future survival. In the university, the college shares this urgent responsibility by bringing forth its special unique contribution to the destiny of man. The college of law, of medicine, of fine arts conserve, create, and project the best of their professional traditions to the university. Nor is it necessary that the college be located on a university campus, though this is often desirable. The private college, whether secular or religious, whatever else may be its role in a free society, exists for the future of man by its contribution to the university of those living traditions which mankind cannot afford to lose. The existence of our species depends upon the living traditions which project man's best insights into himself, his universe, and his God. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FUTURE

Man's future is in the hands of two agencies: his biological evolution and his psychosocial evolution. Genetic and natural environmental forces continue to influence the development of