The age of great men is going; the epoch of the ant-hill, of life in multiplicity, is beginning. The century of individualism, if abstract equality triumphs, runs a great risk of seeing no more true individuals. By continual leveling and division of labor, society will become everything and man nothing.
As the floor of valleys is raised by the denudation and washing down of the mountains, what is average will rise at the expense of what is great. The exceptional will disappear. A plateau with fewer and fewer undulations, without contrasts and without oppositions, such will be the aspect of human society. The statistician will register a growing progress, and the moralist a gradual decline: on the one hand, a progress of things; on the other, a decline of souls. The useful will take the place of the beautiful, industry of art, political economy of religion, and arithmetic of poetry. The spleen will become the malady of a leveling age.
King James Version (KJV)
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Definition of multiplicity
noun (plural multiplicities)
Origin:late Middle English: from late Latin multiplicitas, from Latin multiplex (see multiplex)
Definition of Mammonnoun
Origin:late Middle English: via late Latin from New Testament Greek mamōnas (see Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:9–13), from Aramaic māmōn 'riches'. The word was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.
Volume 24, Issue 1, January 1914
Frederick G. Henke
DOI: 10.5840/monist191424117Wang Yang Ming, a Chinese Idealist
monismLine breaks: mon¦ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnɪz(ə)m, ˈməʊ-/noun
noun & adjective
noun & adjective
Originmid 19th century: from modern Latin monismus, from Greek monos 'single'.
Definition of spleennoun
Nounspleen (plural spleens)
[名]1 脾臓(ひぞう). ▼古くは気力・勇気, 不機嫌・ゆううつなどの出所とされた.2 [U]((形式))不機嫌, かんしゃく；悪意
- (anatomy, immunology) In vertebrates, including humans, a ductless vascular gland, located in the left upper abdomen near the stomach, which destroys old red blood cells, removes debris from the bloodstream, acts as a reservoir of blood, and produces lymphocytes.
- (archaic, except in the set phrase "to vent one's spleen") A bad mood; spitefulness. [quotations ▼]
- (obsolete, rare) A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim. [quotations ▼]
- (obsolete) Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections. [quotations ▼]
- A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment. [quotations ▼]
Definition of maladynoun (plural maladies)
Origin:Middle English: from Old French maladie, from malade 'sick', based on Latin male 'ill' + habitus 'having (as a condition)'