I had no idea, however, that in pennsylvania, the cradle of toleration and freedom of religion, it [fanaticism] could have arisen to the height you describe. this must be owing to the growth of presbyterianism. the blasphemy of the five points of calvin, and the impossibility of defending them, render their advocates impatient of reasoning, irritable, and prone to denunciation.
Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial. What possesses interest for us is thenatural of each, his constitutional excellence. This is forever a surprise, engaging and lovely; we cannot be satiated with knowing it, and about it; and it is this which the conversation with nature cherishes and guards.
Through much of its history, the us did not have high inequality as compared with europe. Less so, in fact. That began to change in the industrial age, reaching a peak in 1928, after the forceful destruction of the labor movement and crushing of independent thought. Largely as a result of labor mobilization, inequality declined during the great depression, a tendency continuing through the great growth period of regulated capitalism in the early postwar decades.
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We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and'in spite of true romance magazines'we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely'at least, not all the time'but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and i don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.