, the difference is similar in kind
. Horace Greeley
, Thomas Carlyle
, and Dr. Arnold
, have each uttered much which, perhaps, the world will not finally accept.
Such men seem particularly liable to a certain class of mistakes.
But, says Goethe
's immortal maxim, ‘The Spirit
in which we act is the highest matter’—and it is the contagious, the influencing matter.
‘See how these Christians love one another.’
was what made converts!
A young man of liberal soul, ardent mind, small experience, limited knowledge, no capital, and few friends, is likely to be exceedingly perplexed on his entrance upon the stage of life.
The difficulties in his own path, if he has a path, and the horrors that overshadow his soul, if he has not, call his attention in the most forcible manner to the general condition of mankind.
How unjust, how unnecessary, how inexplicable, it seems to his innocent mind, that a human being should be denied an opportunity to do the work for which he is fitted, to attain the blessedness of which he is capable!
Surely, he thinks, a man is at least entitled to a fair start in the race of life, and to a course free from all obstructions except such as belong to the very nature of life.
What a mockery, he thinks, is this Freedom which is said to be our birthright, while the Freedom which results from assured plenty, right education, and suitable employment, is attainable only by an inconsiderable few?
He is told, and he is glad to hear it, that the Prince
and a few other boys, here and there in the world, are severely trained, scientifically taught, conveniently lodged, and bountifully provided for in every respect.
And he learns with pleasure, that the Duke
, and sundry other nobles, princes and millionaires, live in the midst of the means of delight and improvement, surrounded by every beautiful object known to art, at convenient access to all the sources of instruction.
Free and far, over wide, enchanting domains, they range at their good pleasure, and wander when they will through groves, gardens, and conservatories.
And far above all this, it is in their power deliberately to choose what they will do
in their day and generation, and to bestow upon their offspring the same priceless freedom of choice.
The rest of mankind are “born thralls,” who toil from youth to hoary age, apparently
for no other end than to