Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Forgotten Man
In the midst of these large and great matters all too often the individual becomes the forgotten man. Then he emerges in solemn significance and we see that at last everything else depends upon him. The passion for goodness on the part of the individual is the only true basis for social hopes. All our values come to frustration when the canker of falseness rots the individual life. The individual alive with the passion for goodness is all the while making feasible new hopes for the lot of man. The treachery in the heart of the individual is the ultimate foe. The triumph of good in the individual life is the central victory which makes all other victories possible. Here we see in full flower the ultimate human value.
Lynn Harold Hough, The Civilized Mind - Forest Essays - Second Series, The Abingdon Press, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, 1937, pg., 238