viewed and valued! And with what tender, reverent
feeling has he not opened our hearts to compassion
and to consideration for the welfare of our fellow-man,
and how potent have been his counsellings pointing
to the true and abiding sources of pleasure in life!
Long must his formative opinions and influence extend,
and in the minds of all who think and reflect abiding
must be the charm as well as the power of his imaginative,
glowing thought. That he met with opposition
and hostility in his day was but the price to be paid
for the disturbing, correcting, disciplining, yet inspiring
part he played in the work he so impulsively set himself
to do. One smiles now at the epithets of scorn
and contumely once hurled at him, at the man who,
little understood as he has been, has done so much
to uplift and purify the thought of his time and do
battle with the forces opposed to reform and arrayed
against those of light and truth. And how great
were the weapons with which he was armed, and how
varied as well as marvellous the talents he brought
into play in the onslaught upon shallowness, convention,
and ignorance! Truly, he has done much for his
time, and great has been the gain Modern Art has won
from his inspiring lessons and thought. The coming
of such a man, and at the time that was his, one cannot
help reflecting, was one of the providences of an
overruling Power, and adequately to estimate his influence
and work, and the tone and temper in which he wrought,
we have but to consider what the age would have been,
in countless departments of thought and activity,
had the century now passed possessed no John Ruskin.
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THE EVOLUTIONARY PHILOSOPHY.
BY MAYO W. HAZELTINE.
Herbert Spencer occupies a unique place in the history
of human thought, because he has been the first to
attempt the construction of a philosophical system
in harmony with the theory of Evolution and with the
results of modern science. To his contemporaries
he is known almost exclusively as the author of the
colossal work which he has chosen to call the “Synthetic
Philosophy.” Concerning his personality
very little information has been published, and it
is doubtful whether he will deem it worth while to
leave behind him the materials for a detailed biography.
About his private life we know even less than we know
about that of Kant. The very few facts obtainable
may be summed up in a score of sentences.