Signs of the Times

[From "The Glass of Fashion," by "A Gentleman with a Duster"]

Out of these propositions, reminding myself of all the goodness and sweetness that exist in England, I develop the concluding proposition, forced upon me by the state of public morality, that goodness is not enough. This idea is not new. Aristotle made a vital distinction between the excelence of conduct and the higher excellence of intelligence. But Aristotle did not develop his thesis to its revolutionary conclusion. That work was accomplished some four centuries later in the hills of Galilee, accomplished, but afterwards, except for a few, hidden away out of the knowledge of men for nearly two thousand years. We have forgotten that morality is not enough, altogether forgotten that Christ proclaimed his theory of existence as good news for mankind, himself as the Light of the World.

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