Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)
Mason, R. Z.
The duty of the state in its treatment of the deaf and dumb, the blind, the idiotic, the crippled and deformed, and the insane, pp. 25-30 PDF (1.8 MB)
30 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. young. It is ignorance that has destroyed us in generations past. It is ignorance of the functions of life and of the laws of repro- duction that destroys us to-day. We cultivate with more skill even the grapes and grains than we do the propagation and re- production of our own species. Marriage is a hap-hazard affair, the result of caprice or fancy, instead of being the result of judg- ment and knowledge of the fundamental laws of being. Science and the public law, are alone, perhaps insufficient to do justice to this noble cause. They invoke the aid and co-operation of the pulpit and of the public teacher. A wise supervision of this sub- ject is indispensable to the future wellbeing of the race. False standards of delicacy must be set aside. Morbid sentimentalism must give way to the suggestions of common sense and a rational philosophy.
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