By Ann Cottrel Free
Albert Schweitzer was a man of many talents and purposes-philosopher, physician, musician, theologian, author, builder. His life was his argument. And, indeed, it was his monument as well, because he lives on through the accomplishments of the Schweitzer Hospital at Lambarene, Gabon in Equatorial Africa, through his philosophical works, his studies of Jesus, St. Paul, Goethe and Bach, and through the recorded brilliance of his organ playing.
But perhaps, Albert Schweitzer's most lasting legacy is found in his articulation of his basic philosophy through three words: reverence for life. Dr. Schweitzer grabbled with the paradoxes of the man-animal-nature relationship as no philosopher had done before. As a result, his philosophy has shaped attitudes, led to passage of laws and, in many ways, has helped to transform the second half of the 20th century.
This small volume-created for all ages-shows, primarily through Dr. Schweitzer's own words, how his philosophy developed as his life unfolded. The book has but one goal: to help keep alive the Albert Schweitzer spirit. (A.C.F.)
To think out in every implication the ethic of love for all creation-this is the difficult task which confronts our age.