I believe in myself.
I believe in my neighbor.
I believe in the unity of myself and my neighbor.
I believe in the progressive achievement of a universal community of human cooperation and fellowship.
I believe in love and intelligence as the most potent agents for developing the ideal world within the actual.
I believe in my universe as a kind of place that brings into existence all the values, purposes, and possibilities of human life.
I believe that human life is a growing point in the universe.
I believe that my life finds significance only as I identify myself with the creative process."
— E. Burdette Backus (born December 27, 1888)