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The Path of Duty

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09/15/1982Leonard E. Read

"Our grand business," wrote Thomas Carlyle, "is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." Thus did he warn us against vainly trying to foretell the future.

So, let us do what lies clearly at hand-right now! This is the formula for structuring a joyous and rewarding future. Let us, as Scott suggested, live in humble gratitude to the Creator of this marvelous universe. Our duty is to advance the freedom way of life, thereby serving ourselves and others.


The Foundation for Economic Education, New York, 1982

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