Excerpt from Transactions of the Michigan State Medical Society, Vol. 23: For the Year 1899
By the evolutionary processes which independent nations are undergoing. Perhaps the pendulum may swing too far the other way, and disorganization instead of improved ethic organization may ensue. Ethic evolution, or in other words. Social readjustments, usually go on Slowly. For as ibsen says, it is the minority only in every community that does the thinking. At the present time we see the most intelligent nation in the world next to our own, submitting to the gov ernment of a monarchy which is nearly absolute. We see also a nation of naturally talented people, held in mental and social slavery by a church on one Side and a czar on the other; an absolute monarchy whose principle efforts seem to be directed toward the suppression of Nihilism, the persecu tion of the Jews, and the conquest of poor China. Notwithstanding the foibles and senility of monarchical sys tems of government as viewed from an American standpoint, the obedience to authority exacted by them constitutes an ethical virtue which we are bound to respect, and one which we, too, recognize. Although in the form of a 30th dilution. We, who are law abiding, should hold ourselves obedient to the law and to the officers who administer it, and generally so do, not because we dread penalties, or feel the disgrace of our non-ethical conduct in failing to obey, but because it is more convenient to do so. For be it said to our shame. A man may defy the law in this country, and not only retain the res peet of his fellows, but sometimes meet with applause for it. Principle is too often replaced by expediency. A judge may even be criticized for rendering a decision on a principle of law because it may affect adversely a large class of people. In other words, he is expected to decide a given case. Not on principle, but because a large class of people would be affected by it commercially. Now, this sort of class government we criticize in monarchical systems. And yet we are tacitly de manding the same thing in a round about way ourselves. Because avarice and self-interest in forms of commercialism are really dominating us. This comes from the deplorable fact that business cunning (which is purely an aboriginal trait) is being recognized as a predominant force in our body politic.
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