One hundred years ago, David Starr Jordan, founding President of Stanford University, was recognized as one of the greatest naturalists of all time. Because of the widespread use of patent medicines, America was faced with drug abuse problems equal to or greater than those we face today. A moral revolution, fueled by rapid urbanization, was threatening the very foundation of America’s great strengths; faith in fellowman, work ethic, love of God, respect of the proprieties, etc.
During this era of turmoil and change, one of the most significant voices pleading for sanity amid growing insanity was that of David Starr Jordan. A century of hindsight have magnified and validated the prophetic clarity of this message.
Dr. Jordan’s message is this: Just as there is a law of gravity, there are basic laws of humanity which govern the pursuit of happiness. It does not matter whether or not there is a religious connotation of “sin” or social taboo related to these laws. Breaking these laws brings misery and weakness, obeying them brings the possibility and capacity for happiness and the strength to achieve it.