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Originality in Individual and in Race Development
			
408                    CHURCH REVIEW.

country a stop must be put to the money-making power, when it
can be plainly shown that such power can only be used to the
ruin of humanity.


                           X.
          ORIGINALITY IN INDIVIDUAL AND IN RACE
                      DEVELOPMENT.

                   BY A. B. STIDUM.

   In this age of rapid development in the sciences, in literature
and the arts, it needs no second glance to discover, no second
thought to impel the belief, that this must needs essentially be
an age of originality.  The rapid growth of modern  invention,
with its adaptation to the practical purposes of life, is surely revo-
lutionizing the world of mechanical labor and setting men's
minds adrift in the rapid channel of thought and discovery for a
new means of profitable and remunerative labor.
   Nations, like as individuals, vie with each other in the great
struggle for pre-eminence, and in the race for the first and firm-
est foothold upon the demand of those of other nations of less
known intelligence and skill, perhaps, and less richly endowed
resources than themselves. Indeed, the wonderful progress of
to-day clearly demonstrates that nothing seems to escape man's
subtle intellect, the almost divine powers of a fertile and seem-
ingly limitless brain, when it wills to penetrate the hidden and
mysterious labyrinths of new fields of origin and discovery. If,
in a measure, he has boldly assailed time, and marvelously re-
duced it within the compass of his gigantic grasp, and continents
are no longer months of time apart as once ago, but, instead, a
few days and hours alone suffice to join the far distant points and
make them one-if language requires not length of days and
nights for its transmission and reception by kindred and friends
in lands remote, but that minutes and seconds only are required to
transport hither and thither this great medium of communication;
and again, if sounds of human voice in speech or song, and in-
strumental tones, strike upon the organs of our quickened senses
as though in the very nidst of their performance, even though
separated far, it may be, by state or country--if, I say, these are
but some of the wonders accomplished of the age, truly then
the future holds naught impossible of attainment for the bound-
less measure of man's matchless genius. Indeed, it would seem
that the intellectual powers are fast outgrowing those of the cor-
poreal body, and that in their disproportion to the measure of
life and things, as he realizes most fully that he is indeed becom-
ing wiser and weaker, and that if over the wonderful forces of




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 07, Num. 4

Originality in Individual and in Race Development

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Volume:  07
Issue Number:  04
Page Number:  408
Date:  04/1891


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