Excerpt from Poverty
The existence of this book, one of a series of elementary introductions to Sociology, is a happy sign of the times. Students of social science are everywhere multiplying, and there is a great call for guidance from many who, filled with a holy discontent with the numerous manifestations of poverty, seek to equip themselves with understanding of, and power to battle with, the evils they deplore. It is for such that Mr. Reason has written the following pages, and the student will find in them not merely a careful presentation of essential facts, but a stimulating and suggestive essay, which, while necessarily dealing chiefly with material things, never loses sight of the fact that "man does not live by bread alone," and that, in the words of one of Ruskin's noblest contributions to the Larger Bible: "The final outcome and consummation of all wealth is in the producing as many as possible full-breathed, bright-eyed and happy-hearted human creatures."
I have said that Mr. Reason's book is a happy sign of the times. It is one of many widespread indications of the awakening of our people to social consciousness. It is true that a very considerable proportion of the poor are content with their poverty, and that the lack of holy discontent still makes exceedingly difficult the path of the social reformer.
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