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written in this book: and if any man shall take away
from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the
holy city, which are written in this book."
THE PHILOSOPHY OF PROGRESS.
ETYMOLOGICALLY, the word progress means an advance
a forward movement, a going to or toward. The word
philosophy, as used here, means laws, reasons, governing
principles. And so, the subject--"The Philosophy of
Progress"--means simply the laws, reasons or principles
which have controlled and guided the progressive
movements of mankind. I shall endeavor to show
by what means the civilized people of the world have
risen to their present eminence, and to apply those
means to the present condition of our people in the
United States, and especially in the South.
In the first place, I would remark that progress is the
watchword of all existence. Throughout immensity
there is no such thing as rest or inactivity. Such a
word is not found in all the vocabulary of nature. If
we interview the Earth-enter into her hidden library,
and there read the books containing her story,--upon
their pages we shall find no such word as rest. Every-
where is commotion and progress. From chaos upward
to her present auspicious condition she has struggled dur-
ing unnumbered years which now lie deep in the grave
of the past. That mankind might not be deceived, she
has preserved the essential part of her story, for we find
it written in the deepest vale, and inscribed upon the
If you so please, turn away from the things mundane,