The full title of this work is as follows: "The Origin and Meaning of Ideas: A Study of the Historical Sources of our Major Ideas in Religion, Science, Government, Education, Morals, Economics, etc., Their Influences for Good or Bad, and the Future Possibilities of our Thinking." Quoited from the author's "Foreword."
"If we set aside the great majority of the race, who do not allow this disease of thinking to blunt their robust appetites for food, drink and pleasure; we may for the moment divide the thoughtful minority into those who have a religious creed and those who have not. Our religious neighbors would be outraged if you suggested that they do not see the road ahead. For them the ancient sign is as plain as the gallows; e gallows to the right for heaven, to the left for hell. The mental fog is, they say, entirely in the world of the creedless majority. And we creedless folk, who ought to know best, regard the above description of us as an iridescent soap-bubble from the pipe of a schoolboy or the flatulent eructation of a dyspeptic spenster. We recognize — indeed, we know better than they do — that there are large and important obscurities in the scheme of things: areas of Nature that science has not yet cleared up and may not clear up for a century or two. But these "mysteries" have no bearing upon the practical business of living. It is absurd to say that because we do not yet understand the operation of the thinking region of the cortex or the nature of the fundamental stuff of the universe, we are, in Tennyson's words:
Children crying in the night
Children crying in the night.
Poets may like to say these things, but a social writer who cannot distinguish between failure to see the road ahead and failure to advance along it because powerful minorities hold us back ought to burn his fountain pen and take to peddling insurance or pulp magazines."