Signs of the Times

[Roger W. Babson in Babson's Reports]

The need of the hour is not more legislation. The need of the hour is more religion. More religion is needed everywhere, from the halls of Congress at Washington to the factories, mines, fields, and forests. It is one thing to talk about plans and polices, but a plan and policy without a religious motive is like a watch without a spring, or a body without the breath of life. The trouble to-day is that we are trying to hatch chickens from sterile eggs.

Take the labor situation. . . . The solving of the labor situation is wholly a question of religion. The wage worker will never be satisfied with higher wages and shorter hours, any more than you and I are satisfied with more profits and a bigger house. Things never did satisfy anyone and never will. Satisfaction and contentment are matters of religion. Communities and industries where right motives are paramount have no serious labor problems.

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December 6, 1919

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