The Cost of Living; A Personal Reflection and Its Outcome

The Cost of Living; A Personal Reflection and Its Outcome

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of himself and of his household is not thrifty, although he may have many moral qualities. On the other hand, a man who prospers by unrighteous means or by denying the just claims of the less fortunate upon his wealth may thrive, but such thrift will not be a testimony to his goodness. The wicked man has, from time immemorial, flourished like a green bay tree, to the bewilderment of righteous men who failed to flourish. The dictionary possibly may be of use again in helping us to see why this is so. Thrift is not itself a virtue, but it is distinctly a condition that results from virtue, if we take that word in its primal meaning of "manly spirit; bravery; valor; daring; courage." I think that we have no true thrift without a manly spirit, valor and daring; but a man of evil disposition is just as likely to possess these as a man who wishes to do right. And the unrighteous man is very likely to retain his courage and, for a time at least, to thrive by reason of it, because he will not hesitate to use all that he has, and often all that others have as well, for the attainment of his ends; while the man who wishes to do right is oftentimes prevented by his conscience from doing things by which he possibly might be materially enriched, and seldom does, instead, anything positive by which development can come to him. Unless he knows of something positively "right" that he can do, and does it, he is likely to become merely a man afraid of doing wrong. A man afraid of doing wrong, and at the same time ignorant of what is "right" to do, usually takes advice as to his conduct. He tries to ascertain what course will be approved by other people and follows that as well as he is able. I think that I am justified in saying that...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490657
  • 9781236490650