A Joy for Ever (and Its Price in the Market)
by John Ruskin (9781458951823)

A Joy for Ever (and Its Price in the Market)
John Ruskin
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Category: Art Forms
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458951823
ISBN-10: 1458951820

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ADDE N DA, Note, p. 18.?" Fatherly authority." 121. This statement could not, of course, be heard without displeasure by a certain class of politicians; and in one of the netices of these lectures given in the Manchester journals at the time, endeavour was made to get quit of it by referring to the Divine authority, as the only Paternal power with respect to which men were truly styled " brethren." Of course it is so, and, equally of course, all human government is nothing else than the executive expression of this Divine authority. The moment government ceases to be the practical enforcement of Divine law, it is tyranny; and the meaning which I attach to the words " paternal government," is, in more extended terms, simply this ?" The executive fulfilment, by formal human methods, of the will of the Father of mankind respecting His children." I could not give such a definition of Government as this in a popular lecture; and even in written form, it will necessarily suggest many objections, of which I must notice and answer the most probable. Only, in order to avoid the recurrence of such tiresome phrases as " it may be answered in the second place," and " it will be objected in the third place," etc., I will ask the reader's leave to arrange the discussion in the form of simple dialogue, letting O. stand for objector, and R. for response. 122. O.?You define your paternal government to be the executive fulfilment, by formal human methods, of the Divine will. But, assuredly, that will cannot stand in need of aid or expression from human laws. It cannot fail of its fulfilment. R. 122. In the final sense it cannot; and in that sense, men who are committing murder and stealing are fulfilling the will of God as much as the best and kindest people in the world. But in ...

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