Don’t be a Muckraker!

I love quotes! I love the ones that make you think, and the ones that make you laugh. If it changes the reader in some way, shape, or form, that I write it down to save for later. This is one of those times. I read the following quote in my history book.

“In Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward, with the muck-rake in his hand; who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor.
“In Pilgrim’s Progress the Man with the Muck-rake is set forth as the example of him whose vision is fixed on carnel instead of on spiritual things. Yet he also typifies the man who in this life consistently refuses to see aught [anything] that is lofty, fixes his eyes with solemn intentness only on that which is vile and debasing. Now, it is very necessary that we should not flinch from seeing what is vile and debasing. There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck-rake; and there are times and places where this service is most needed of all the services that can be performed. But the man who never does anything else, who never thinks or writes, save his feats with the muck-rake, speedilyy becomes, not a help to society, not an incitement to good, but one of the most potent forces for evil.”

-excert from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1906 muckraker speech
-I found this on page 172 of All American History