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About The Ashland advertiser. (Ashland, Or.) 1893-1898 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 28, 1895)
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while execution is moral force in mode
of operation. Both ideality ami deair»»
are masterful and not motiveless,—
ideality is the form of th»» motive, desire
is the spirit of the form.
The character of the ideal will la»
different as individuals are different in
their dispositions, tast»»s and preferences.
With Homer or Hafiz or Dante or Virgil,
it will la* a |MH-m ; with Coysevoux,
Coustou or Canova, it will Ia» r bit ot
statuary; with Geraniin, a lamls.ap«*;
with Rosa Bonhuer, a band of horses ;
with Harry Hall, a choice lot ot hunters,
while Titian's choie»» will la* a madonna
ora profile; but with Creme ami Angel«»
it will Is- a bit of ireseoing : Christopher
Wren will Seleet a pelted 11 it zc ot a w el I
pro|»ortion»*d «iorne «»r arch; Carlyle,
Bacon ami Johnson will ch<a»sc an ele
gant essay; New ton ami Hooke and Vu-
eretius ami Darwin will make science
their love,— “one more |a*l»bh* on the
beach;” with Senaca, Socrates ami Em
erson, it w ill I k * one im re fact in the
philosophy of life and of law ; the Christ
ideal is a jn»i «‘cl manl»«»od «icveliqa»«!
within the eir le of Commonwealth,
when» eommnnitx inteiests ami eoin-
mon-goods l»v<-.«me the heritage of a
people w hose inteleeis ami w ho*»e indus
tries are reS|Minsiv»» to the co-opcrat ivc
instinct; a Wallace will nnsheath his
sword in liefence <»f national freedom ;
Ben Franklid will wield his | h » ii in In
half of individualism and to overthrow
imjK*rialism; and Lincoln will stand
forth with equality and civil liln ity em
blazoned on his country’s shield, ami
w ritten on an azure field.
Perfect governmental s\stems, i. e.
ideal commonwealths, have la*< n the
burthen of the dreams of great and g«a»<l
men during ten thousand years or more.
The testimony to this fact is character—
written on th»* brass tablets of Syria, the
stones of Babylon, the temples of Asia
and thd shrines of Egypt.
public, Ixct Atlantis, the Democracy of
Coreyrea. Campanella’s City of the Sun,
Moore’s U tophi a and Condorcet’s I’ni-
versal Pease Empire all re fl er te» I the
passion of the desire of th»» agesand were
the emphasized manifestations of the di
vine faculty in man, as exemplified ot
set forth in the life and w ritings of saint,
sage ami philosopher ; not only in almost
eveiy p»*ri<xi of the | h « si - A lexandrian
age,— but duiing the swerp of unremem-
I ervd centuries now lost w ilh the history
of dead and forgotten cycles.
A nd now , again, in this age ; over th«»
throbbing leagues of a tumultuous civil
ization, past the laml-mards of dead re
forms revived by the lamp of living
»•inities; mind, still unconquer«*d and
ini|H*rious, thunders iu» imperishable
«•diets : in just ice ami equalit y, now and
forever, lie the bulwark of the nation
and the promise of civil lila»rty.
Thiscivil, religious and p«» inical lib
erty, of w hose spit it the communial at-
tm»sph«Te is vibrant to-day, is the
objective of all imxlern reform agitations,
l he motive is to equable advanlagi* ami
thereby ln«tlei human conilitiona.
drcam, hall rational, halt visionary |>er-
hap-, is I H»*c<l upon a hoja» in the |*os-
siblv future realization of ideal govern
ment, in which the rights amt privileges
of the unit ot government shall la* com*
prehende«! in communitv int«*icsts, ami
in which, also, institutional, practical,
and opéraiive «Icinocracy shall make it
imp •‘.‘• i ’ cc t<»r cor|x»rations. b\ grant of
charl4*i. to obtain rights and privileges
ovei the unit of government and to th«*
disa«ivantagean<l injuiv of any or all
<*<imprvhemie<i * within
national constitutional limitations.
1 shall not insist that the ideal ho|a*«l
for is |K»»-*ible of immédiat«* realization.
What I <1 » insist ii | m » ii . h«»w«*ver, is that
all effort in the direction of an nical
brings u® nenrrr to that ideal, also that
the effort along th»» wav. however weak,
is latrn of sy myatli v for what is goo«l ami
right ami pur«* in tin* moral ami social
w orl<i ; consequent I \ that it is an im
pulse in the direction of right thought
ami right action. discovrrabh» in the
de»*p remedial fore«* which underlies
that system of |>olitiral «•«•omuny accord
ing to whose rules ami principles all
communities must la* governed.
(Continued next week.]