Monday, March 07, 2011

The clean dollar

Someone recently brought me a quotation by Frank Crane. I looked him up and discovered that he was a Presbyterian minister and public speaker who lived from 1861–1928.

The following passage really seems to speak to what's going on in our world today:

...[N]o matter how many memorial churches he builds, nor how much he gives to charity, or how many monuments he erects in his native town, any man who has made his money by ruining other people is not entitled to be called decent. A factory where many workmen are given employment, paid living wages, and where health and life are conserved, is doing more real good in the world than ten eleemosynary institutions. The only really charitable dollar is the clean dollar. And the nasty dollar, wrung from wronged workmen or gotten by unfair methods from competitors, is never nastier than when it pretends to serve the Lord by being given to the poor, to education, or to religion. In the long run all such dollars tend to corrupt and disrupt society. Of all vile money, that which is the most unspeakably vile is the money spent for war; for war is conceived by the blundering ignorance and selfishness of rulers, is fanned to flame by the very lowest passions of humanity, and prostitutes the highest ideal of men — zeal for the common good — to the business of killing human beings and destroying the results of their collective work.



  1. Oh, this is very, very good. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I'm glad you think so, Courtney.

    Good to hear from you!


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