One of those who has had much to do with changing the history of the world is Friederich Nietzsche, the great German philosopher. To his mind only strong people of great ability were of any consequence, while those of mediocre ability were deserving of little consideration. "That the lifting up of the weak, in the long run, is an unprofitable and useless business," said the great philosopher, "is evident upon very brief reflection. Philanthropy, considered largely, is inevitably a failure. Nothing is more potent, indeed, than the fact that charity merely converts the unfit, who, in the course of nature, would soon die out and so cease to encumber the earth, into parasites, who live on indefinitely, a nuisance and a burden to their betters." These sentiments found ready approval in the mind of a well-known scholar, an American professor of philosophy. The professor's daughter became interested in settlement work, but the scholar refused to become interested in it. When his daughter ...
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