This is from the third bound 1908 collection that includes a couple of reports and several sermons, which—except for this one—duplicate sermons found in 1908 bundles #1 and #2. So, while this sermon is not explicitly dated, it certainly is from 1908.
This sermon begins with the observation that for thousands of years people have sought a world of righteousness. Even as progress has been made we have always found more work to do in striving towards a righteous world. The key to righteousness is treating all people as people and not as things. Davis states that "These conditions exist because we think that there are circumstances under which we may treat a human being as we would treat a thing; that there are circumstances under which we may deal with a human being without love; that there are conditions under which we may ignore the nature of man and for our own convenience override his claims to consideration and destroy him and ourselves at the same time. Herein is the root of all evil."
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, child labor
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Motive of Conduct in a World of Righteousness" (1908). Sermons, 1905-1919. 86.