There is a cash prize for the one who finds the source of this long quote. Hint; neither Edmund Burke, Pitt the Younger nor William Wilberforce penned these words. Think again.
My (not so many) detractors do not question the truth(s) of my writing(s). They do not support their deprecations with the evidence of their own eyes. Rather, their lashing tongues snap at the appearance of my thoughts on page. That is, the words, being writ down large, they say, ill defined some who accept no ill definition but offer it in heaps to others.
If I am wrong, as they claim, wrong, just wrong, but foolishly so, then no change ought to have been changed, nor men applaud the changes made; neither should any man claim in clandestine cabal that the changes came naturally because it was their time.
In truth, nothing is inevitable until it occurs. The occurrence itself may be vacated shortly after its happening. Its result can be vitiated in rapid procession. If it (the change changed, the happening happened) is left to stand, the longer left to stand the more valid it seems to be. One section of our sect feels scandal is wrong when perpetrated by some but excusable if perpetrated by some other. One section of our sect believes wrong is wrong, distributed evenly or unevenly. This is our only substantial dispute for scandal we have had and scandal aplenty.
We concede, of course, that flesh proves weak indeed; that the higher the man sits in power the mightier his fall; that we are prone to fall ourselves. The universality of human frailty is the cause for divine sacrifice but cannot be listed as acceptable condition for failure, be it moral or spiritual. Christ died to ameliorate the effect of sin, not to memorialize unrighteousness.
What habringer, then, marks us down as different from our predecessors? We cannot presume the moral heights out of reluctant obligation. To be good because our forebearers were caught at evil and then condemned does not mean we are good, only that we are cautious and observant…"
There is another page I wished to give but my hands are tired. Perhaps tomorrow. Get to google, if you dare. A small cash prize is offered to that one who first cites the source of this quote.