Many good people have tried to explain the injustice of so-called natural law, the cruel wrongs inflicted upon the innocent and well-deserving, by declaring that they are a necessary incident of racial unity. They remind us that "no man liveth unto himself," and that by virtue of his identification with the race every one is subject to the disabilities which have grown out of the stumblings and sins of the race. They further declare that these ills are beneficent, as a whole, since they give warning of the violation of law, and thus point the way to racial advance. Said one recently, "Our fathers have consented to the felling of the forests, the denuding of the great watersheds, and when our rivers leap their banks and flood the country with destruction and distress we make a great outcry against the cruelty of natural law! When men have learned wisdom these things will be righted, and not till then."

This sounds very plausible. It recognizes the undeniable fact of human short-sightedness and mistake, and it seems, moreover, to offer a reasonable explanation of the multiplication of evil through heredity, contagion, etc., and is constantly referred to in that connection. A very little thought, however, will disclose the fallacy of the whole contention, that it is but a recast of the long-honored but now unacceptable creedal dictum, that "in Adam's fall we sinned all."

June 15, 1907

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