Translation: H.L. Mencken
surely does not represent an evolution
toward a better or stronger or higher level, as progress
is now understood. This "progress
" is merely a modern idea, which is to say, a false idea. The Europe
an of today, in his essential worth, falls far below the Europe
an of the Renaissance
; the process of evolution
does not necessarily mean elevation, enhancement, strengthening.
True enough, it succeeds in isolated and individual cases in various parts of the earth and under the most widely different culture
s, and in these cases a higher type certainly manifests itself
; something which, compared to mankind
in the mass, appears as a sort of superman
. Such happy strokes of high success have always been possible, and will remain possible, perhaps, for all time to come. Even whole races, tribes and nations may occasionally represent such lucky accidents.