Signs of the Times

["Popularity"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., Aug. 5, 1920]

At this stage of the world's history, peasants become premiers and "poor boys" presidents, with the rousing acclamations of their peers and with wordy protestations of sympathetic support, while around those filling other posts in the world of affairs there arises at times a wave of adulation that makes what is known as popular heroes. For a brief time, in the eyes and hearts of their communities they are supreme; their every word is law; their every act unquestioned right. They are enjoying popularity, that is, the trust and esteem of the people. But the man who allows himself to rely upon mere human faith in a human being soon learns the flimsiness of it, and begins to murmur about the fickleness of the people.

October 16, 1920

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