The Moral Basis of Democracy: Sunday Morning Talks to Students and Graduates

By Arthur Twining Hadley | Go to book overview

THE HONOR OF THE SERVICE
1912

Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.

THE question is constantly asked whether our collages prepare their students to be successful in after life. In nine cases out of ten the man who asks this question measures success in terms of wealth. He thinks of the whole world as playing a game in which money is the prize and the man who makes most money the winner. If this were the right way to look at life, the inquiry would be an overwhelmingly important one. But it is an essentially wrong way to look at life; and the nation which takes this view of things does so at its peril. The true measure of a man's success is the service which he renders, not the pay which he exacts for it. The true measure of a man's ability is the power to help others and to contribute to their advancement. The effort to make money is an important incentive to social service and industrial progress; but the amount of wealth each man acquires is no accurate indication of the service he has rendered or the progress he has made possible. So far as his power of making money depends upon

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