Are You Going to Do It?
Lincoln Steffens (April 1866 – August 1936) was a New York reporter, who launched a series of articles in McClure’s that would be later published in a book titled ‘The Shame of the Cities.’
Nothing is done. Everything in the
world remains to be done or done over.
The greatest picture is not yet painted,
the greatest play isn’t written, the
greatest poem is unsung. There isn’t in
all the world a perfect railroad, nor a
good government, nor a sound law.
Physics, mathematics, and especially
the most advanced and exact of the
sciences, are being fundamentally
revised. Chemistry is just becoming a
science; psychology, economics, and
sociology are awaiting a Darwin, whose
work in turn is awaiting an Einstein.
If the rah-rah boys in our colleges
could be told this, they might not all be
specialists in football, parties, and
unearned degrees. They are not told it,
however; they are told to learn what is
known. This is nothing.
– Lincoln Steffens, 1931
What Lincoln Steffens wrote is as true today as it was in 1931.
Every word of it. Nothing is done. Everything awaits for
You to do It!
Are you going to do it?
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