Excerpt from Value of the Classics
What theory of life and living do we hold? What kind of preparation for life here in this tempest of trial, as well as for gentler times, do we want those we love to have? The questions will not down. They are bound to determine our attitude toward education and every other phase of life. Is material success the end or only something subordinate to a better end? And is that better end the one thing which ought to rule human life? Or is selfishness, raw or refined, the end? If it is, there is no standard to save us from moral decline and consequent loss of freedom. But if it is not; if we are men and not merely examples of animal behavior, then we may help to save the modern world and share the glory of rebuilding it more surely on its true foundation. Thoughts of this sort have been sounding the undertone of recent days and calling us to consider again the mean ing of our life and our preparation for life through education.
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