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What Next. (1913.)

To be out of employment-that is pathetic; not to be ready for employment-that is tragic. Employers in demanding efficiency for profit, secure a proportionate wage increase for their employees and lessen the prospect for strike. This means that the efficient are to have jobs, the inefficient are down and out. Reader, what are you doing to increase your mental assets. What army are you going to join, the efficient or the inefficient? How can these conditions be changed if the youth of this age continue to invite the Rip Van Winkle sleep. Thousands are so situated that they can escape "the tragedy of failure."

Man in all ages has made but feeble efforts to turn his latent energy into action, into the process of regeneration, into securing the immediate coming of the kingdom of earth. Immediate ease, pleasure, and show have blinded his eyes. Young man, young lady, wake up and give your surroundings a searching examination. However poor you may be in this world's goods, you have rich possibilities. Make the necessary sacrifice and consecrate your powers to work.

Source: Newton, Roy, editor. Life and Works of Woodbridge N. Ferris. (Big Rapids, Michigan: n.p., 1960), 158.