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October 8, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(15):1281-1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150041013

One of the easiest tasks is to find fault with existing things, whether they be right or wrong. There is but one other thing as easy, and that is to go wrong, as nearly all the nations of the earth were tempted to depart from the paths of right, and thus prepare the way for their enemies to encompass their destruction. Even after a short season of right-doing the Israelites, as soon as Moses was out of their sight up the mountain, made them a golden calf and worshiped it. They were not the only ones who did this. Some of the most powerful nations of the earth, drunken with the wine of material success, became unmindful of their morals, and departing from the virtues of the fathers, indulged in riotous living, became vain and arrogant, and thus soon went to their destruction. As with nations, so with individuals. Their

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