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[53] sense of wealth and inherent resources in the human race which we obtain from watching this incessant tide. What the individual loses by it in importance, humanity gains. In saner moments I am able not merely to acquiesce, but positively to exult, in the thought that a new generation is to supersede all that my own contemporaries with such vast effort have accomplished; to make our seeming wealth poverty, our successes superfluous, our deeds forgotten. Not only is it the new generation's right, but it is the glory of the race, thus to obliterate all predecessors. It proves that the life of humanity on this planet is an ocean, not a pond: nay, it is more than an ocean, for it has a flood-tide, but no ebb.

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