Working People and Their Employers

Working People and Their Employers

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...tastes and preferences vary indefinitely. Now, it is of the utmost importance that this individuality be preserved and cherished. A landscape is not beautiful because the objects it shows us are all alike, but because they are all different, yet are harmoniously grouped and blended in the view. An art-gallery interests us, and is of value to its owner, not because the paintings or the statues are all alike, but because each is a different representation of beauty. Five hundred copies of the Sistine Madonna arranged in rows upon the wall of the academy would offend us. Iteration is wearisome, no matter how beautiful the expression may be. Would you like to read a book that consisted of an endless repetition of a single sentence? What nature would be if all its objects were cast in one mould, what art would be if it were only the monotonous repetition of the same forms and colors, what literature would be if it were the ceaseless recurrence of the same words in the same order, --that would society be if all men were alike. When each man is permitted to develop his own individuality, the intellectual wealth of society is increased; but when this individuality is repressed, when men are made to conform to certain fixed standards of thought and custom, society is impoverished. Yet the tendency is very strong, in all states of society, to repress individuality. Of course it is a necessary condition of society, that individuals shall conform in some respects to the wishes of their fellows. Men cannot associate in business without self-denial, without subordinating their views and preferences in certain particulars to those of others. An utter wilfulness, an obstinate, perverse disposition, is destructive of society. It becomes, therefore, an important..
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636120
  • 9781236636126