But no war would have been fought if the South
had not seceded; the South
would not have seceded unless she had feared for the future of slavery; and slavery would not have been menaced except for the agitation of the anti-slavery people of the North
at their head.
As a matter of fact, human idealism enters into all the works of man; and the philosophy which asserts that poetry and religion spring from economic conditions and nothing else, is erroneous or at least one-sided.
That mind and body are so intermingled that they react upon each other is undoubtedly true, and our extreme idealists need to be reminded now and then that the bread and butter factor must not be forgotten; but to assert that mind is made of bread and butter is going much too far, and it ignores the commonest experiences of human consciousness.
Man's wish-man's will — is a force to be dealt with.
Even ordinary hunger involves wish and will in the choice of food.
Is our present civilization governed partially by the yield of wheat?
But wheat itself is a human creation.
The first man who tasted a grain of wild wheat and liked it and proceeded to sow other similar grains was moved as much by fancy as by economic necessity.
And there is hunger and hunger.
There is a hunger and thirst for knowledge, and a hunger and thirst after