The Standard Volume 3

The Standard Volume 3

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...no less is humanitarianism. The doctrine of the state triumphant, pitiless, frontiered with steel, and achieved through blood and iron, is a doctrine brewed in the pit of hell. That thousands of men have transcended the limits of a common race, speech, color, religion, polity, is the final proof that there are no such limits. These men are fools and dreamers in the eyes of the "state," and so were Socrates and Jesus, and William Sawtre and Giordano Bruno. Yet the Athenian democracy committed suicide when it put Socrates to death, and the Roman Empire exposed its own impotence when it nailed Jesus to the cross! We can refuse to let the taunt of cowardice tempt us into a baser cowardice. The insulting innuendoes of men whose moral imagination is so dull that they can see in our unwillingness to kill others only a skulking timidity lest we ourselves be killed, will pass us by like the idle wind. Fools! not to know that we would die a hundred deaths if that would save men from the stupendous folly of slaughtering one another at the behest of kings and emperors! We can refuse to abandon reason for the infectious opinion of the unthinking crowd. Mind and heart both protest in us against the tyranny of panic--the panic of exultant onrush as well as the panic of fear. We struggle against long centuries of inher ited and debauching brutality. We struggle against the unsubdued tigerisms of our own nature. In time of storm the baser passions swarm like a mutinous crew from the fo'castle to the deck, where Reason, the captain, must hold them back by stern and resolute authority. Steady! no flinching, or the ship is lost! We can refuse to deny our faith in democracy. The opportunist rats may desert the laboring ship, but we stand to the pumps still....show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593499
  • 9781236593498