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The Woman Who Toils - Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls
I must write you a line to say how much I have appreciated your article, "The Woman Who Toils." But to me there is a most melancholy side to it, when you touch upon what is fundamentally infinitely more important than any other question in this countrythat is, the question of race suicide, complete or partial. An easy, good-natured kindliness, and a desire to be "independent"that is, to live one's life purely according to one's own desiresare in no sense substitutes for the fundamental virtues, for the practice of the strong, racial qualities without which there can be no strong racesthe qualities of courage and resolution in both men and women, of scorn of what is mean, base and selfish, of eager desire to work or fight or suffer as the case may be provided the end to be gained is great enough, and the contemptuous putting aside of mere ease, mere vapid pleasure, mere avoidance of toil and worry. I do not know whether I most pity or most despise the foolish and selfish man or woman who does not understand that the only things really worth having in life are those the acquirement of which normally means cost and effort. If a man or woman, through no fault of his or hers, goes throughout life denied those highest of all joys which spring only from home life, from the having and bringing up of many healthy children, I feel for them deep and respectful sympathythe sympathy one extends to the gallant fellow killed at the beginning of a campaign, or the man who toils hard and is brought to ruin by the fault of others. But the man or woman who deliberately avoids marriage, and has a heart so cold as to know no passion and a brain so shallow and selfish as to dislike having children, is in effect a criminal against the race, and should be an object of contemptuous abhorrence by all healthy people. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 15218
Author: Van Vorst, John
Release Date: Mar 1, 2005
Contributor (Author): Van Vorst, Marie, 1867-1936
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