The God of the Unexpected

The God of the Unexpected

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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. 1923 edition. Excerpt: ...to it each year if you would keep it as it wag. You had to work at it to prevent changes. You must put time and toil and money into a regular painting of that post, or it would no longer be a white post. Permanence involves effort as does improvement. Now world history is full of national wrecks which came because people left off painting the white post. The fine old Egyptian culture, what became of it? Finer in its way and in its day than the Hebrew, it faded out because no due attention was given to the handing down of its best achievements so that the generations who came after should not lose them. The world-conquering Macedonian civilization, with its art, its philosophy, its ethics, and its humanities, is gone like a dream in the night. Lovely Greece that once was, stands today the abjectest figure in Europe, none so poor to do her reverence. "The Niobe of nations! there she stands, Childless and crowniess, in her voiceless woe; An empty urn within her withered hands, Whose holy dust was scattered long ago." Splendid her achievement, but she had no power to make it permanent. She never mastered the secret of persistence. She forgot to keep painting the white post. And her story is but the sad epitome of decadence by which you may sum up a score of civilizations. Is it yet certain that America has learned how to keep painting the white post? We are bent upon achievement. Have we equally mastered the secret of retaining the best fruitage of past achievement? Is our future progress all to be described in terms of change, or partially at least in terms of persistence? If so, what must we retain and hpw retain it? The answer to this question will raise another one. If you ask what must we retain, then we must face the query, by what did we...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669304
  • 9781236669308