by Conor Friedersdorf

"Consider the matter of your own existence and support that you accept with such nonchalant ease. Every child born into the world is paid for with literal blood, sweat, tears. That is the fixed price, and there are no bargain sales. Years of toil, months of care, hours of agony, go to your birth and rearing. What excuse have you, anyhow, for turning out flimsy, shallow, amusement-seeking creatures, when you think of the elements in your making? The price is paid gladly. That is your fathers’ and mothers’ part. Yours is to be worth it. You have your own salvation to work out. It must be salvation, and it must be achieved by work. That is the law, and there is no other," – Cornelia Comer, The Atlantic Monthly, February 1911

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