Excerpt from The Present Duty
And there are, besides, contemporaries of ours who believe precisely the contrary of this. They do not believe that man has a destiny, or that there is for him a duty or a goal.
Thus, we have on the one side allies irresolute or lukewarm on the other Open adversaries, with a conflict forced upon us. Day by day this conﬂict becomes more evident. It is what, in a recent book, * M. Edouard Rod calls the antagonism between negatives and positives; between those' who tend to destroy and those who tend to construct. You may choose other terms; the idea is perfectly clear.
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