|As Cold Water is to a Thirty Soul, So is Good News From a Far Country (1864) by George Smith|
Romney's work has failed because he arrogantly assumed that he could solve all the world's problems and did not acknowledge God's role in his plans. Romney drew men to himself and tried to be everything to them. His thinking was that he alone was all that was needed to better society. God remained in the background, Romney seeing himself and not God as omnipotent.
And I will carve the world new after it,
And solve so, these hard social questions,–nay,
Impossible social questions,–since their roots
Strike deep in Evil's own existence here,
Which God permits because the question's hard
To abolish evil nor attaint free-will.
Ay, hard to God, but not to Romney Leigh!
Romney saw himself as capable of providing an answer, despite his lack of faith in God's ability to do so.
Nevertheless, Aurora's book helped Romney see that despite all his natural efforts, he neglected the spiritual side of those he tried to help. He not only tried to be their God by also he ignores the needs of their souls. As Aurora points out:
Romney thought he could help man most by providing a natural cure, Aurora helps him see that the spiritual cure is foremost. One must follow the example of Christ in one's work for men.