Vol. VL—No. 23.
RALEIGH, N. C., JUNE 6, 1912
ELBERT HUBBARD, in Cosmopolitan.
VERY good thing has been condemned in its day
Every innovation has to fight for its life,
Error once set in motion continues indefinitely,
unless blocked by a stronger force, and old
methods of thinking and doing will always remain
unless some one invents a new and better way and then lives
and dies for it.
And the reason men oppose progress is not that they hate pro
gress, but that they love inertia.
Even as great a man as John Ruskin foresaw that the railroads
would ruin England by driving the stages out of business and
killing the demand for horses, thus bankrupting the farmer.
Thomas Jefferson tells us, in his autobiography, of a neighbor
of his who “was agin” the public schools because, when every
one could read and write, no one would work.
Sir William Berkeley thanked God there was not a printing-
press in Virginia, because printing-presses printed mostly lies,
and their business was to deceive the people.
In the time of Mozart, musicians were classed with stablemen,
scullions, clowns and cooks. They ate below stairs, and their
business was to amuse the great man who hired them and his
The word business was first used in the time of Chaucer to ex
press contempt for people who were useful. The word was
then spelled busyness.
To light cities by gas would set them afire.
Electricity was dangerous, and to put up wires was to invite
the lightning to come into our houses and kill us all dead.
Only a few decades ago any man who advertised in the news
papers was looked upon with suspicion, and yet we have as
sociations of professional men who stamp with their disapprov
al any individual among them who pays for his advertising.
Such a one was called an “irregular."
If we look back through history we will find that every good
and beautiful thing has at one time or another been under the
ban, and assailed as an evil.
And the argument seems to be this: if you think a thing is right
never mind what the many say, stand by it.
To achieve the deathless fame, choose an unpopular cause that
you know is just, then work for it, live for it, die for it!
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