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The Vision Splendid
by William Macleod Raine
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Of all the remote streams of influence that pour both before and after birth into the channel of our being what an insignificant few—and these only the more obvious—are traceable at all. We swim in a sea of environment and heredity are tossed hither and thither by we know not what cross currents of Fate are tugged at by a thousand eddies of which we never dream. (Excerpt)
Perhaps the very freedom of these vacation excursions helped to feed his growing discontent. The yeast of rebellion was forever stirring in him. He wanted to come to life with open mind. He was possessed of an insatiable curiosity about it. This took him to the slums of Verden, to the redlight district, to Socialist meetings, to a striking coal camp near the city where he narrowly escaped being killed as a scab. He knew that something was wrong with our social life.
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