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for every man to be true. We are trying to establish such conditions as shall enable men to live out their free and full individual lives. For the work of government is to protect persons and property, and enable the individual to be free, and by combination to make common property, so far as we are able, the result of the world's civilization so far attained. If we know what we are doing, we are trying to build the kingdom of God here on earth. Dream as much as you please of the kingdom of God in the skies ; but it is our business, as men in politics, to do all we can to realize the kingdom of God right here and now.
Father, let us realize how solemn a thing it is to have in our hands the power that touches the welfare of our fellows, and let us, in the light of the Eternal, try to be true in the exercise of that power.
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A MAN IN REFORMS.
A MAN will always be a reformer; that is, a full, complete man, conscious of his position and the relation in which he stands to the past, the present, and the future, will always be engaged in some direction, in some department of life, in helping the world to be better, in helping to reform, remake, existing things into higher and finer things. This necessity, the necessity of all true men being reformers, is found in considering two great facts. The first of these is that humanity starts in feebleness, in ignorance, with almost no consciousness of its own nature or powers, with very little knowledge of its conditions, and with almost no power of control over these conditions. And, starting thus, human history represents an advance, a gradual growth, new steps taken towards the attainment of better things. And since humanity is growing thus, as the world goes on, you will see that there lies in the very fact of this statement the necessity for constantly making things over, reforming things, disturbing old conditions, bringing the actual facts of life and of the world into accordance with higher thoughts, with truer ideals of what is just and right, into clearer accord with human love. And the other fact, and one which I shall have to deal with considerably more at length, is the tendency of humanity, at any particular stage in its history, to pitch its tents with the desire to stay there,- an unwilling
ness to move.
I suppose that this grows partly out of the fact that the advance of the world is necessarily so slow. People get the impression that things have always been about as they are now, and that there is no use in expecting to make them very much better. They get into the mood of the old
writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes. He said there was
The ideal, of course, would be that there should be no re-
could have this conservatism flexible enough to make way for the radical force of growth, then you would have, I say, the ideal condition of affairs. But this has almost never been attained in the history of the world. It is rather true, in a general way, that the conservative forces forget that there is any place in the world for the radical, and do their ut