||44 EDWIN B. FIRMAGE divine promise that humanity will survive this or next year. But it may depend on the saving power effective in you and me whether it will survive. (It may depend on the amount of healing and liberating grace which works through any of us with respect to social justice, racial equality, and political wisdom.) Unless many of us say to ourselves: through the saving power working in me, mankind may be saved or lost, it will be lost. Paul Tillich75 Finally-after all has been done that can be done by institutions of state and religion and learning-responsibility for peaceful ends and peaceful means remains with the individual. We govern and teach each other with treaties and with texts from the Koran and the Baghavad-Gita to the Bible, Magna Carta to the Constitution. We try to teach how one should behave through law and by prophetic instruction but finally someone must do it. Simply do it. That, I believe, is the message of the incarnation. God finally went beyond prophetic teaching through others and embodied the word to show us how. The word is enfleshed and the law transcended. Francis of Assisi wrote little but inspired us for almost a thousand years. Gandhi wrote much but it is the example of his life that makes him the greatest figure of this century. Mother Teresa's life, not her writings, empowers us all. Jesus wrote only one phrase, and that was in sand. Each became love embodied, as God is defined. We sense-however vague, intermittent, or partial-a unity more profound and complete than we can hold or express. The cutting edge of physics and psychology both perceive this: a unity that dissolves the boundaries of time and space, the organic and the inorganic. Our consciousness may grow to higher levels of perception and sensitivity. We are part of the whole. Francis of Assisi understood. His appeal through time reflects our apprehension, however incomplete, that he was right. Our intercon-nectedness as human beings, as living creatures, as parts of the cosmos, is reflected in his life. Francis's love extended finally to all creation. In his youth he had a fear to loathing of the leper. One of his conversions-he proceeded deeper into his humanity from one depth to another-is memorialized by his kissing a leper on the way. 75 P. Tillich, The Eternal Now 101 (S.C.M. Press Ltd., 1963).