The Low Value Set Upon Human Life in the United States; A Discourse Delivered on Thanksgiving-Day, November 24th, 1853

The Low Value Set Upon Human Life in the United States; A Discourse Delivered on Thanksgiving-Day, November 24th, 1853

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...of the officers. 3. We are taught to notice, also, the wisdom of that providential arrangement which classifies society into different divisions. It is the settled arrangement that "the rich and poor meet together." "Ye have the poor with you always," said the Son of God. The distribution of men into classes may answer purposes highly essential to the welfare of society. The existence of poverty furnishes occasion for the exercise of virtues which could not be developed under other circumstances. Contentment, patience, resignation are thus fostered among the poor. Compassion, benevolence and generosity among the rich. Thus in both classes dispositions are promoted which tend to draw into close affinity the whole mass of society. Let the prevailing selfishness of mankind exert its power, unchecked by the restraining influence of those virtues which the existence of poverty occasions, and the miseries of the world must be sadly augmented. These virtues are so many nerves of sensibility extending their filaments throughout the social body; and by their aid, vibrations of feeling reach from one extreme to the other. Were these cords of kindness severed, who could compute the extent of the disaster, in a world like ours? The existence of poverty is a continual restraint upon the holders of wealth, especially in a land like this. They know that by a settled arrangement of Providence the poor must still remain a class among men. They see also that the largest estates crumble away, and leave the inheritors of thousands among the sons of want. They are admonished that, in the fluctuations of life, they may become penniless, and may need the charities of others. Who can say to what extent this fear, kept alive as it is by so many living...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629566
  • 9781236629562