Philanthropy and Social Progress; Seven Essays Delivered Berfore the School of Applied Ethics at Plymouth Mass., During the Session of 1892 Volume 46; V. 328

Philanthropy and Social Progress; Seven Essays Delivered Berfore the School of Applied Ethics at Plymouth Mass., During the Session of 1892 Volume 46; V. 328

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... the saloon. I know its damning effect, and I have spent some of the best years of my life in urging men to practise the heroism that is involved in staying away; but I see no reason for believing that all the heroism should be found at one end of the social scale and all the easilygained reputation for virtue at the othen It seems necessary also to say, that I do not think that the misery wrought by saloons will be removed by the ministers and the philanthropists taking over the business and running it at the old stands, but rather by opening possibilities and pleasures for the poor that will make saloons a superfluity.1 1' Nothing appears to me at once more ludicrous and more melancholy than the way the people of the present age usually talk about the morals of laborers. You hardly ever address a laboring man upon his prospects in life, without quietly assuming that he is to possess at starting, as a small moral capital to begin with, the virtue of Socrates, the philosophy of Plato, and the heroism of Epaminondas. ' Be assured, my good man, ' you say to him, ' that if you work steadily for ten hours a day all your life long, and if you drink nothing but water, or the very mildest beer, and live on very plain food, and never lose your temper, and go to church every Sunday, and always remain content in the position in which Providence has placed you, and never grumble nor swear, and always keep your clothes decent and rise early, and use every opportunity of improving yourself, you will get on very well, and never come to the parish.' The many forms of philanthropic industrial education seem beyond reproach; but here, too, there is a call for a deeper perception of our relation to others in society, and our consequent obligation. For of what value...show more

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  • 9781236656636