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Most men and women pass through life without ever considering or criticizing either their own conditions or those of the world at large. They find themselves born into a certain place in society, and they accept what each day brings, without any thought beyond what the immediate present requires. They seek the satisfaction of the needs of the moment, without much forethought, and without thinking that by sufficient effort the conditions of their lives would be changed. A certain percentage, guided by personal ambition, make the effort of thought and will which is necessary to place themselves among the more numerous members of the community; but very few among these are seriously concerned to secure for all the advantages which they seek for them. Only a few rare and exceptional men have that kind of love toward mankind at large that makes them unable to endure patiently the general mass of evil and suffering, regardless (tanpa menghiraukan) of any relation it may have to their own lives. These few, driven by sympathetic pain, will seek for some new system of society by which life may become richer, more full of jot (catatan) and less full of preventable evils than it is at present. But in the past such men have, as a rule, failed to interest the very victims of the injustices whom they wished to remedy (tolong).

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