recognized and satisfied.
But of course this adequate recognition and satisfaction of all the elements in question is impossible; some of them are recognized more than others, some of them more in one community, some in another; and the satisfactions found are more or less worthy.
And, meanwhile, people use the term civilization
in the loosest possible way, for the most part attaching to it, however, in their own mind some meaning connected with their own preferences and experiences.
The most common meaning thus attached to it is perhaps that of a satisfaction, not of all the main demands of human nature, but of the demand for the comforts and conveniences of life, and of this demand as made by the sort of person who uses the term.
Now we should always attend to the common and prevalent use of an important term.
Probably Sir Lepel Griffin
had this notion of the comforts and conveniences of life much in his thoughts when he reproached American civilization with its shortcomings.
For men of his kind, and for all that large number of men, so prominent in this country and who make their voice so much heard, men who have been at the public schools and universities, men of the