Bloch on Spiritual Values

Spiritual values never die. The universal idea must prevail. This crucial idea has permeated all my life and most of my works, . . . –my ultimate faith and belief is in the unity of man, in spite of real racial values and dissimilarities. My faith is in justice . . . on earth, on the right of each man to live his life as decently and usefully and giving to the community what he has to give, according to his gifts, his forces. This is the great idea of our great prophets, and also, in many ways the ideals of other races, like Confucius, Buddha and Christ.

David Ewen, “Ernest Bloch, The Composer Speaks,” in The Book of Modern Composers (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950), 252.