Setting Back or Foward

"The influences which act upon us are constant and they are either impelling us forward or backward."

 

"…More than one half of this community is composed of those whose intelligence is the lowest possible,                         whose tastes are brutal, and whose moral sense is singularly obtuse…. Which way are we setting?  Are we                 leveling down or up?"​

C.C., Social and Political Commentary, long art.