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Title New frontiers for American youth
Subject Social ethics; Social problems
Description Fourth annual Frederick William Reynolds memorial lecture.
Creator Bennion, Milton, 1870-1953.
Publisher The Extension division, University of Utah
Date 1939-11-29
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,596
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.30 no.6
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "New frontiers for American youth," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description 22 NEW FRONTIERS FOR AMERICAN YOUTH tham, James Mill, and John Stuart Mill in the nineteenth century. These opponents of Hobbes's views would build a society based upon man's moral sentiments and sympathetic feelings. Mutual aid thus becomes the ruling principle in human relations. When Carlyle called the Utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill "pig philosophy" he misconceived Mill's thought. It is not a mere bread and butter philosophy, but rather one that aims at the highest development of mankind, which includes, to be sure, his physical well-being. Mill, though unattached to any particular church or theological doctrine, said that the utilitarian ethics is summarized in the golden rule of Jesus of Nazareth. Also that there are qualitative differences in pleasures, that the ethical man is committed to the pursuit of the highest human satisfactions, and further that the supreme test of character is the ability to get along without pleasure. This is certainly true of what people usually think of as pleasure. Ability to forego such pleasures when necessary to attain higher ends is a real test of character and a sure way to realize the enduring satisfactions of life. These satisfactions are not secured without forbearance and struggle. Character does not develop in a vacuum, but rather in and through constant participation in cooperative effort to improve the social life of mankind. The road to progress, however, does not consist in throwing overboard moral and religious standards merely because they are old, in cutting loose from the past and attempting to begin all anew as though the centuries of human experience counted for nothing. Were this method applied to science and its applications it is evident that man would suffer very great loss. The road to progress consists rather in adding to gains already made. This applies to ethics and religion no less than to science. Old principles and methods may properly be abandoned only when better ones have been discovered and tested. This is true of all phases of civilization. Regard for the well-being of fellowmen is the foundation of ethics and applied religion, this irrespective of the metaphysical or theological views one may hold. This basic principle of religion and ethics is best and most effectively expressed when the individual forgets himself in the service of a great cause, as was strikingly expressed by Jesus in the ancient gospels and in our own times by the American philosopher, Josiah Royce, in his Philosophy of Loyalty. This principle is illustrated in the lives of all truly great characters. Some so-called great historical persons who have sacrificed others in furtherance of their own ambitions are also known as "great reprobates." It has often been said that the chief enemies of social progress are ignorance, thoughtlessness, and selfishnessâ€"these three, but the most difficult of these to conquer is selfishness. It is immoral to be ignorant of information that is reasonably accessible and essential
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Source Original Manuscript: New frontiers for American youth, by Milton Bennion.
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