remarked that this trait develops with civilization; a hundred wild dogs are more alike than their domesticated kindred, and so of a hundred wild men. If the step we have taken in America
, away from courts and hereditary institutions, be a step in civilization, then it is certainly to lead to more individuality, not less.
Even in England
, where is marked individuality to be found?
Surely, among the men who have made the name of England
great; her artists, authors, inventors, scientific teachers.
Yet Mr. Besant
has lately pointed out, in a very impressive passage, that scarcely one of these men ever went near the court of England.
The marked individuality of that nation, therefore, is distinctly outside of the court circle; and, if so, individuality would gain and not lose by dropping those circles altogether.
The difficulty is that the court circle substitutes for this quality a mere variation of costume—a robe, a decoration.
But in reality these things subdue individuality, instead of developing it; as every recruiting officer found, during our Civil War, that recruits became more docile the moment they put on the uniform; and a lady