Emerson and our predicament

On Jan. 20, 1832, when he was not quite 29, young Ralph Waldo Emerson penned this prayer in his journal. Can anybody alive today say he wasn’t foresighted? And if true then, how much more true now!

“Don’t trust children with edge tools. Don’t trust men, great God, with more power than he has, until he has learned to use that a little better. What a hell should we make of the world if we could do what we would! Put a button on the foil till the young fencers have learned not to put each other’s eyes out.”

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