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Louis Sullivan

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The human mind in all countries having gone to the uttermost limit of its own capacity, flushed with its conquests, haughty after its self-assertion upon emerging from the prior dark age, is now nearing a new phase, a phase inherent in the nature and destiny of things.
The human mind, like the silk-worm oppressed with the fullness of its own accumulation, has spun about itself gradually and slowly a cocoon that at last has shut out the light of the world from which it drew the substance of its thread. But this darkness has produced the chrysalis, and we within the darkness feel the beginning of our throes. The inevitable change, after centuries upon centuries of preparation, is about to begin.

 
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When I say that this phase is necessary, the word phase is perhaps not the most rigorous one. It is not a question of a chronological phase, a given moment, or a page that one day simply will be turned, in order to go on to other things. The necessity of this phase is structural; it is the necessity of an interminable analysis: the hierarchy of dual oppositions always reestablishes itself. Unlike those authors whose death does not await their demise, the time for overturning is never a dead letter.

 
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The untransacted destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean to animate the many hundred millions of its people, and to cheer them upward to set the principle of self-government at work to agitate these herculean masses to establish a new order in human affairs to set free the enslaved to regenerate superannuated nations to change darkness into light to stir up the sleep of a hundred centuries to teach old nations a new civilization to confirm the destiny of the human race to carry the career of mankind to its culminating point to cause stagnant people to be re-born to perfect science to emblazon history with the conquest of peace to shed a new and resplendent glory upon mankind to unite the world in one social family to dissolve the spell of tyranny and exalt charity to absolve the curse that weighs down humanity, and to shed blessings round the world!
Divine task! immortal mission! Let us tread fast and joyfully the open trail before us! Let every American heart open wide for patriotism to glow undimmed, and confide with religious faith in the sublime and prodigious destiny of his well-loved country.

 
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