By Ellis O. Jones
See the Radical!
What, O Sage, do you mean to tell me that intelligent and earnest looking fellow is a Radical?
Then I have been misinformed. The editor of my paper always speaks of a Radical in the most contemptuous of terms, as if a Radical were the most reckless and the most ignorant of men.
The trouble is, my son, that your editor is careless in the use of terms. When he uses the word “radical” that is not what he means.
What does he mean, O Sage?
When he uses the word "radical” he means rabid.
But aren't those—synonymous terms? I always thought so.
Many people think the same way, but it is not so. A Radical is a man who is not content to be superficial, a man who goes to the bottom, to the root, of things. It takes a profound and earnest and careful man to be a Radical.
And one who is rabid?
Is one who flies off the handle because he is superficial. A rabid man would rather be angry than be studious.
Then tell me, O Sage, who would you consider the greatest Radical of the day and who the most rabid?
No, my son, in discussions of this sort it is not safe to be too personal.