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A Tribute to Thornton Chase (1847–1912)

In 1897 his speech at an insurance agents convention was described as "beautiful…, bright and sublime in its imagery", about attaining to noble ideals above "killing time". In the same year Chase used an editorial commending of the insurance agent association for "inviting men in various walks of life to its banquets to speak to the members on topics that inspire, elevate, and encourage", and expands on the theme, quoting his words:

If we are only business seekers, traders, worshipers of the calf of gold, Caesar is our tax assessor and God to us is nothing; but if we are teachers and bearers of "good will to men," we shall keep the laws of humanity with heart and act, helping men to help themselves, teaching them the beauty and wisdom of unselfishness, of laboring for others, of providing a certain hope for their own futures, of protecting those dependent on them, even after earthly interests shall cease.

Let us hope that we may urge their minds so close to the border land of the life to come that they may look across the line
of division between earthly affairs and eternal ones, and grasp ideals of the greater beauty and grander wisdom of striving.

Chase took a step in the process of implementing the Baháʼí teaching of the equality of women and men. He was the first western to believe in Baha'u'llah and the author of "The Baha'i revelation" book.

Source: Wikipedia, Thornton Chase

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