551. Adagio Penseroso
Roy Harris, Composer-in-Residence at the Pennsylvania College for Women, describes his belief in an intelligent designer, in natural laws, in the limitations of human intelligence and the need for humility, and in the great evil and great good of which humans are capable. Audio also contains advertisement for "This I Believe" book.
552. This I Believe
Gillie Lerew explains that a deeper understanding of science has given her a deeper sense of faith, a faith based in Christianity and a confidence in the human spirit.
Ina Brown summarizes her four basic beliefs: to preserve one's personal integrity, to refrain from judging others, to persevere in the face of adversity, and to fulfill one's obligation to work towards a peaceful society.
554. This I Believe
Louis Trilling talks about how beliefs change, particularly as one changes, and what is important is that one does have beliefs to follow and that for one to be happy and content one should believe in something outside of oneself.
Nelson Glueck, president of Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, recounts an experience in which he tried but failed to out-pedal a rain storm while cycling through the countryside, and describes how this experience helped form his belief that he should never try to run from difficult life circumstances.
Alex M. Burgess, Chief Physician of the Rhode Island Hospital, Vice President of the American College of Physicians, and National Chairman of the Committee to Resettle Foreign Doctors, defines belief as something which is accepted as fact, and describes his belief that the future depends upon the qualities of courage, kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice that he observes in those whom he encounters in his hospital work.
557. This I Believe
Charles Wilson, Sir Winston Churchill's personal physician, recounts how one judged a person during World War I and the importance of altruism and selflessness to determining a person's character.
558. This I Believe
Edwin Gerschefski describes how he realized that both his beliefs and compositional style were really the products of other people's thoughts, and he recounts how he came to discover and listen to his own voice.
559. This I Believe
Thomas Fox describes his belief that one is happiest when serving others, and recounts the people in his life who shaped that belief.
560. This I Believe
John Nason talks about the importance of education in creating a just and thoughtful society and adds that he believes these qualities of justice and goodness are an inherent part of the universe.