The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal
mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We
should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical
Science and its divine Principle.
Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed
by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy,
natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics,
thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.
Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation,
invention, study, and original thought are expansive
and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself,
out of all that is mortal.
It is the tangled barbarisms of learning which we
deplore, - the mere dogma, the speculative theory, the
nauseous fiction. Novels, remarkable only for their
exaggerated pictures, impossible ideals, and specimens
of depravity, fill our young readers with wrong tastes
and sentiments. Literary commercialism is lowering the
intellectual standard to accommodate the purse and to
meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of for
improvement. Incorrect views lower the standard of
If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom.
It is but a blind force. Man has "sought out many inventions,"
"but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can
save him from the dire effects of knowledge. The power
of mortal mind over its own body is little understood.
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