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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938

Evolution is the Dance

Evolution is the Dance.

No objection can be raised against the process itself. Social tradition is the only thing which separates us from the cave man. Through it, the wisdom, the accumulated knowledge or mankind is handed on.

But this power of tradition to enlarge and increase intelligence is conditional upon this provision—that what it transmutes shall not be accepted on the authority of tradition. That is, every particle of knowledge, every article of faith must be subjected to the most painstaking, the most thorough-going verification. Nothing can be considered too sacred. Nothing too holy. Every opinion, being anthropomorphic, none is entitled in itself to more respect than the other.

Every person wanting a modern, a rational mind, must requisition a thorough stock-taking of every shelf and every cranny of his head. A scientific stock-taking. And where ever he encounters the period furniture of unverified tradition let him cast it out for the junk that it is.

A thorough stock-taking of the mind—and conservatism will be outlived overnight.

—J.D.F.