Ground under Our Feet: An Autobiography

Ground under Our Feet: An Autobiography

Ground under Our Feet: An Autobiography

Ground under Our Feet: An Autobiography

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I was born before the Civil War. I have witnessed a panorama of events which has thrilled, saddened, inspired and ever kindled in me a burning desire to set the world right. I have been guided in my efforts by the philosophy that "the beginning and end of all is man." In my youth I was branded a "radical" for saying things which are today commonly accepted. This does not mean that the problems of the days of my youth have vanished. On the contrary, the conflicts raging today are essentially the same conflicts: between labor and capital, between government and industry; but they are being fought on a different plane. Technological advances have brought into view the possibility of abundance for all. Yet we do not have abundance for all. Therefore the battle rages between those who have and those who have not. Technological advances have resulted in a growing interdependence of human beings. Our economic relations are more and more closely interwoven, and more and more it is "one for all and all for one." Failure to act on this means disaster. If we apply ourselves intelligently and sanely to the problems of today we can look forward to a future worthy of man. If we unleash the forces of hatred, selfishness and brutality, we can look forward only to destruction.

Nearly half a century ago I made the following statement which is just as applicable today as when I first wrote it:

"The way which we must travel is long and weary, and yet it is one which affords delight in the prospect of progress. Looking into the future we may contemplate a society in which men shall work together for common purposes, and in which this wholesome co-operation shall take place largely through government, but through a government which has become less repressive and has developed its positive side."

This autobiography, itself, reveals a countless number of people to whom I am indebted for whatever I may have achieved . . .

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