This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...he replied. "And surely you will admit our idiots, and all the rapidly increasing legions of the feeble-minded and the imbecile. It would be ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...he replied. "And surely you will admit our idiots, and all the rapidly increasing legions of the feeble-minded and the imbecile. It would be a monstrous injustice to shut out these poor creatures from happiness, when it can be so easily showered upon them." He heartily concurred; indeed, I gathered that he looked upon the enlargement of the voting power of the masses as a timely correction by human wisdom sof the cruel blunder of Nature in creating such a large proportion of imbeciles among our population. The tighter I shut my eyes, the more convinced I became of the beneficence of the whole scheme. I was suddenly inflamed with a desire to enlarge its scope. "Couldn't you make it twenty votes for everybody," I urged, "and so double the sum of human happiness at a single stroke?" He answered me rather churlishly, I thought. "The man, woman, child, or idiot who cannot be happy with ten votes deserves to be miserable." And with this frowning retort he strode away. Thus do men, by their blindness to the logical development of their own Ideas, for ever shut the gates of happiness upon their kind. As I clung to the lamp-post, and gradually accommodated myself to the gradually lessening movement of the pavement, my eyes lighted upon another inscription, which I slowly succeeded in rendering as follows: WHAT IS ART? Something. Anything. Everything. A flood of illumination poured upon me as I gradually seized upon the meaning of this motto. I had carefully read five hundred and nineteen books upon art, without getting any clearer notion about it than that it was some inscrutable absurdity, which men talked about when they wished to proclaim their superior culture to their neighbours. But, as I dwelt upon this inscription, art...Read Less
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