The Standard Volume 4

The Standard Volume 4

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...of being out of step with the marching host of the warriors of the spirit. On the purely personal level we may well seek to escape from moral provincialism. It is the provincial in the moral sphere who is the devotee of the coarser vices; it is the provincial who is garish in taste who seeks complexity of living, while true catholicity of taste reveals itself in that fine result of personal culture--the love of the simple. Benjamin Franklin tells of a woman who said: "I don't know how it is. sister, but I meet with no one but myself that is always in the right." An authentic letter reveals a Chinese gentleman traveling in this country as writing home: "You cannot civilize these foreign devils. They are beyond redemption.... It makes a civilized being perfectly nervous.... They even sit down at the same table with women, even serving the women first, reversing the order of nature." The escape from provincialism, the free movement within broader horizons, means an emancipation from all such conceit and insularity. We realize at last that we are social beings, and the whole range of implications of this belated discovery then has its way with us, impelling us not only to the more obvious forms of neighborliness, but also to the conquering of stubborn sectionalism in our attitudes, and urging us even to that catholicity of mind which can hold at once to loyalty for country and to love for all mankind. But, more to our purpose here, our title may well indicate not only our private obligations, but also our social duty, the nature of the task of constructive liberals in the domain of moral and religious teaching. For we have a task, a task indeed pretentious. It is nothing less than the task of constructive liberals in all ages--the...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640357
  • 9781236640352