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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Spiritualism (Death of the Natural Man)

I am often asked where I differ from a spiritualist. In everything, but as this is an opinion to you, I will try to make it clear. The spiritualist believes in the dead rising and they sometimes say there is no such thing as death. Now let us see what their works show. What is life? All will say it is what a man knows. So his senses are attached to his wisdom, his wisdom is made of opinions and his senses are attached to his opinions. His opinions embrace all beliefs. So to destroy his belief, you destroy his senses, for they are in his belief and a part of it.

Let us see what his belief embraces. In the first place, he believes in matter, called living matter, that has life, for he says that life or matter must die or perish. Now here is the contradiction in the spiritualists’ belief. They deny that the dead rise but if the dead do not rise, what are the dead? You are pointed to a man lying motionless and to all appearances, even according to a spiritualist, dead. Now is he dead or is he not dead? The spiritualist may answer, The body is dead. Was it ever alive? You must say, Yes, for I point to a man moving around and ask you if that man is dead and your answer is, No. Then he must be a living man and according to your belief we have a living man and a dead one. Now where do they differ? Here is the mystery. Their belief, like all others, flies right back to the old superstition which they all believed, that the dead rise and in this fog they get lost like all others. Now let me help you out of your belief. You are a man of opinions and your senses are attached to your opinions and your belief makes no separation between your wisdom and your belief. Your belief is matter so that when the matter ceases to act, the senses also cease, for you have no wisdom above the opinions of man.

I will show where I differ from spiritualists and in fact all other sects. My theory is founded on the fact that mind is matter, and if you will admit this for the sake of listening to my ideas, I will give you my theory. I assert that according to man's belief there are certain facts admitted and established beyond a doubt, and as my wisdom is not of this world or belief, only in part, what I know I have no opinion about. All knowledge that is of man is based on opinions. This I call this world of matter; it embraces all that comes within the so-called senses. Man's happiness and misery are in his belief; all the wisdom of science is of God and is not of man.

To separate these two kingdoms is what I'm trying to do, and if I can succeed in this, I have accomplished what never has been done but what has been the aim of all the learned philosophers ever since the world began. The secret of life and happiness is the aim of all mankind and how to get at it is the mystery that has baffled the wisdom of the world. Now I should never undertake the task of explaining what all the wise men have failed to do but for the want of some better proof to explain certain phenomena that come under my own observation which have never been explained, from the fact that the error exists now as much as ever. The remedies have never destroyed the cause nor can the cause be destroyed by man's reason, for science cannot admit what cannot be proved. Until some better proof of what we see and hear and feel can be produced, the world must grope in darkness and skepticism. My object is not to strike at any science that is established. I admit such for fear I may be misunderstood.

I will separate the two worlds of which I am now speaking and show what one has failed to do, and also that the other is not acknowledged independent of the first. The world of opinions is the old world, that of science is the new world, and a separation must take place and a battle must be fought between them. The world of error and opinions has held science in bondage ever since man began to act independently of the savage life. The child of science has been nourished in the bosom of its mother, in the wilderness of error, till it grew up so as to assume a character; then when it has undertaken to assume its rights, it has always been met with the thunder of error. But as it is so much of a friend to the happiness of man, the enemies or error could never prevent its growth, for that was in the scientific world. That world has no matter or it is so rarefied that the error cannot see through it. So the scientific man can pass through the errors and instruct the child of science till it bursts forth and becomes a man or law. Then the natural man or error destroys its leaders and falls down and worships the scientific laws and acknowledges them as king of this world. So as the science is now acknowledged, the kings of the earth are cut off and the kingdom is divided against itself; the leaders with their armies flee into the wilderness, there to rally for another attack when any new science is started. Now the Science of Life and Happiness is the one that has met with the most opposition from the fact that it is death to all opposers. It never compromises with its enemies nor has any dealings with them. Its kingdom is of science, not of error. Therefore it is not of this world of matter.

I will give you a declaration of its laws, how much it admits, how much it condemns and how it puts its laws in force. Its habitation is in the heart of man. It cannot be seen by the natural man for he is of matter and the scientific man is not matter. All he has are his senses; there is his residence for the time. He has no abiding city but is a traveler or sojourner in the world of matter. His house is not made with hands but is in the scientific world, so his whole aim is the happiness of man. Now as man is of matter, his belief embraces all there is of him. The scientific man sees through this matter which is nothing but an error acknowledged as a truth, although it is to the natural man a reality. Now as error holds on to all territory as under its power, it keeps the scientific man in slavery or bondage. So to keep the Science of Life down, they invent all sorts of humbug in the shape of invisible things and attribute life to them while they pretend to be the people's guide to wisdom. It is almost impossible to tell one character from another as both communicate through the same organs. As the scientific man has to prove his wisdom through the same matter that the natural man uses, he is often misrepresented and put down by false stories, representations of the errors of the natural man. This was where Christ found so much trouble in his days, for the people could not tell who was speaking.

The scientific man was called by the natural man, “angel.” So if an angel spoke they would listen. The natural man, being superstitious and ignorant, is easily led by the cunning errors of the world. The leaders, being crafty and superstitious, believe in every phenomenon which is produced and they attribute it to the invisible world. The locality of this world is the mystery, and so all kinds of speculations are got up about it. It opens all the avenues of matter through which to give the inhabitants communications, but the natural man has possession of the mediums so that the scientific man is misrepresented in nine-tenths of all he says. Now to be in the scientific world is not necessarily to be wise but to acknowledge a wisdom above the natural man which will enter that world where wisdom sees through matter. This is the condition with those persons who are thrown into a clairvoyant state. To them matter is nothing but an idea that is seen or not, just as it is called out. All of their senses are in this state but are under the control of the natural man. So it is always hard to establish a fact in this world that goes to destroy the power of the natural man. All the explanation of this scientific world is given by these blind guides who have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear and hearts that cannot understand science. They are afraid of the truth lest it will destroy them, for their death is the introduction of the Science of Life and Happiness.

To show you the two characters conversing through one medium I will take myself as the medium of the scientific man and also of the man of error or of this world. When two persons argue, it is supposed that they have some object in view or there would be no need of reasoning; but nine-tenths of all arguments are about nothing, from the fact that error contains no wisdom but a belief which is started by some crazy brain and acknowledged by the ignorant as true. Ignorance is roused into action. This produces error and error is not confined to any particular mode of reasoning but is always attaching its senses to some opinion which has been acknowledged as a truth. As opinions are always changing, error does not see the change, for its senses are not in the change but in the opinion. The scientific man attaches his senses to science, not to opinions. For instance, eighteen hundred years ago there was a man called Jesus. All admitted the fact that he was a man. His theory of action was reasoning to mankind, so a controversy sprang up in regard to the man; the man of opinions attaches his senses to the opinions about the man. The scientific man saw nothing to affect him in any way; so when Jesus was brought before Pilate, Pilate heard the stories, but seeing no proof of any superior wisdom beyond any man said that he found no fault in him. So he attached his senses to the man, Jesus, as a man. But the superstitious were divided, as they always are. One class claimed that he came from God, the other, that he had a devil. So these two classes were at war with each other and in their zeal they attached their senses to the acts of Jesus as proof of their wisdom. One party wanted to show that Jesus came from God and they introduced his cures as proof, for no man could do as he did except God be with him. Their ignorance never saw that his cures proved nothing except that he knew more than they did, which did not prove that he came from any place, only that he did the cures. But no man is bound to believe this because they say so, any more than they are bound to believe that a person who cures another gets his power from the spirits. The ignorant say if it does not come from the spirits, where does it come from? Thus the skeptic is either bound to take their explanation and believe it is the spirits or he is an infidel or unbeliever.

So it is with the ignorant about Jesus; they assume as a fact that you must believe that Jesus came from God. If you believe and acknowledge his cures, that will not do, but you must believe what you and no other person has any proof of and which rests only on what a certain number of persons say. So the controversy among the people was about something which never had anything to do with Jesus. This is the way with all persons who attached their senses to an opinion of some other person without proof. Jesus, like any other man, was in the hands of the people and they gave their opinions about the man so that the writings of the Old and New Testament contain opinions about the man Jesus and others. Man now takes the opinions as the words of Jesus, while Jesus had not the ideas which were attributed to him. As he had no one to speak for him, I will try to give his ideas as a man. Jesus always wanted to make a difference in regard to his opinions and what he knew as a science. To show how he separated himself as a man of opinions from the Scientific Man or Christ, it was necessary to show something as proof, and the sick was the problem to be solved. This separation was a mystery to the people and their superstition was called into action, and instead of listening to Jesus when he talked the Christ or Truth, they attributed his works to a power from God and all the cures were taken to prove that fact. If the people could believe that he came from God it was of no use to know how he cured, for if they knew this, it would destroy the belief that he came from God and so upset their religion. Therefore the leaders labored to prove to the people that Jesus had a mission from heaven to earth to save souls, and the cures were only to prove that he came from God. Now the believers are in the opinions of man and not in Christ, for Christ was Jesus' science and this gives the lie to all the former. Jesus stood before the world as I do, with this exception; my own case will explain both. The two parties who sat in judgment on Jesus were divided on this point. One party thought he came from heaven; the other thought that the spirits of the dead talked through him, and they hoped to introduce dissension among the people, enough to put down the established religion. Jesus was in the hands of these bigots and could not explain what he intended to have the people believe. It is so with me. One class calls me a spiritualist but a hypocrite; another calls me evil or the devil. The third says I am an infidel or a disbeliever in Christ. A fourth, not the least, say I am a harmless humbug. The sick is the only class who know anything about what I teach. They say it is a science and can be learned. But as it is in the world of error and superstition and my judges belong to this class, I am accused, as I have stated, and of course my works are my proof.

Now as I have said, when men argue they think at least that there is some point to start from or they would not reason. As the standards of parties are established by error, it is almost impossible to introduce any new science unless it is explained on some of the theories of the natural man. Thus all phenomena are thrown into the hands of these blind guides who have pronounced judgment upon everything that has appeared. So whenever anyone shows a phenomenon, the priest and doctor catch the idea out of the mouth of the author and explain it on some theory known to the people. The theory of health is one that has come up many times and failed because of the blindness of the wise, so that it has now almost become a terror to the one who has boldness enough to stand up and face the blind leaders of the blind. You see that Jesus could not stand up against so powerful an enemy, for the instant he spoke, they would put a false construction on his every word. So they turned the word of God to no effect by their theories and traditions. Thus you see that with the people the wisdom of the science of life had no foundation but was like a house built upon the sand; when the wind of science blew upon it and the tide of public opinion came, it must fall and be destroyed. But unto this science men have raised altars with this inscription: “To the unknown God.” I will say to these guides, This science that you ignorantly worship, I will declare unto you. First of all, you know that mankind are in the dark so far as their life is concerned; that man is all his life subject to disease and death; also that it was foretold that Christ should come and lead man back to God. This same Christ that you crucify by your theories is the same that Jesus taught eighteen hundred years ago. It was taught by the prophets of old and has always been in the world but has never been applied to the curing of disease, although false Christs have arisen and deceived the people, and the true Christ has been crucified by the priest and doctor till this time.

I will now try to establish this science or rock and upon it I will build the Science of Life. My foundation is animal matter or life; this, set in action by wisdom, produces thought; thoughts, like grains of sand, are held together by their own sympathy or wisdom or attraction. Now man is composed of these particles of matter or thought combined and arranged by wisdom so as to make a form called man. As thought is always changing, so man is always throwing off particles or thoughts and receiving new ones. So man is a progressive idea yet he is the same man although he is changing all the time for better or worse. As his senses are in his wisdom and his wisdom is attached to his idea or body, his change of mind is under one of these two directions, either of this world of opinions or of God or Science, and his happiness or misery is the result of his wisdom. As the idea man has always been under the world's wisdom, the scientific man has always been kept down, from the fact that no man has ever risen to that state where the scientific man could control the wisdom of the natural man. This has always kept man in a war with himself. These two powers make up man, and the science is to keep the natural man in subjection to the scientific man. In this warfare, if the natural man rules, disease and death is the fate of the scientific man; if the latter rules, life and happiness is the reward.

Now I stand on this rock fighting the errors of this world and establishing the Science of Life by my works. What is my mode of warfare? With the axe of truth I strike at the root of every tree or error and hew it down so that there shall not be one error in man showing itself in the form of disease. My wisdom is my knowledge and not matter or opinions. It decomposes the thought, changes the combination and produces an idea clear from the error that makes a person unhappy or diseased. You see I have something to reason about and this something is Eternal Life and this life is in the science. This was what Jesus tried to establish so that man could have a starting place, but the wisdom of this world tries to account for all phenomena on some principle founded on man's opinion, letting the world grope in darkness.

If I can show that man's happiness is in his belief and his misery is the effect of his belief, then I shall have done what never has been done before. Establish this, and man rises to a higher state of wisdom, not of this world but of that world of science that sees that all human misery can be corrected by this principle, as well as the evil effects of errors in any science. Then the Science of Life takes its place with other sciences, then is brought to pass, “Oh death! (or error) Where is thy sting! Oh grave! Where is thy victory!” The sting of ignorance is death but the wisdom of science is life eternal to all who believe it.

I have said that to reason there must be something to reason about. I will show the world's reasoning and how I reason. I will take the oracles of the world, for all science of this world of opinions has oracles. These oracles of which I speak are those who pretend to instruct the people in regard to health and happiness. The first is the clergy, for they lead off in everything pertaining to man's happiness. I will ask them what they think of Christ, his mission if he had any, and of what advantage it was to the world? They reply that the world or man had gone so far astray that it was necessary to send Jesus Christ into the world to convince man of a future state of rewards and punishments, that he might repent and be saved. If this is true I ask, Why did Jesus devote so much time to the sick? (Oracle) To show that he came from God. [Q] What does that prove? If I cure a person, does it prove that I came from God? (O) No, but do you make yourself equal with Christ? [Q] Have you any proof of anything that you never saw and is only an opinion? (O) The Bible. [Q] Does the Bible speak for itself or does someone explain it? (O) We must take the Bible as our guide of truth.

Let us now sum up this oracle's wisdom. All of his wisdom is founded on an opinion that there is another world and that Jesus Christ came from that world to communicate the fact to the inhabitants of this one. This is all an opinion sustained by no proof. On the contrary, everything goes to prove it is false, for the happiness of man is not increased by this false theory because this oracle cannot cure the sick. Now Jesus cured the sick and said if they understood him they might do the same. We want a theory like that of Jesus, not of talk but works, for talking a theory that will not cure is worthless. So if I set down the priests as belonging to the false prophets, the sick are no better for them. Next are the medical oracles. These number as many as the former and are on the increase. How much knowledge have they independent of an opinion? None! Yet they have given the people to understand that their wisdom is far above that of the masses, but their knowledge is all opinions and the sick pay them as though it were wisdom. The people have been cheated into a belief that these oracles have more wisdom than they have. This I admit, otherwise they could not humbug the people out of their money and deprive them of their health and happiness.

My oracle is Jesus. He proves the goodness of wisdom. Jesus was the oracle and Christ the wisdom shown through this man for the happiness of the lost or sick who had been deceived by the other two classes: priest and doctor. God or wisdom has seen how these blind guides had robbed the widow and the poor of their little goods, deserted them and left them forsaken and despairing, dependent on the charity of a wicked world. This wisdom developed itself through the man Jesus and he fearlessly stood up and denounced these guides as hypocrites and devils. He showed how their theories affected the people and also that they were in direct opposition to all science and good feeling, and he introduced a new theory, a more excellent priesthood or science which had no sacrifice of feeling but took upon itself our infirmities and explained them for the happiness of man.

What was it that Jesus wanted to communicate to the world? One simple fact that man was a progressive being, that his happiness and misery were of his own make, that his belief is his wisdom and if it is founded on an opinion, it was liable to make him unhappy. To separate the truth from the error is a science, the knowledge of which teaches how to correct an error or disease and in this knowledge is eternal life. Jesus never intended to teach the people a belief in another world. His words and acts showed them that their beliefs were false and that they were the cause of their misery. But this they could not understand, and being in their belief, their belief became a part of their identity. As they were taught to believe in spirits, their misery was attributed to them. And as error begets error, the people were tormented by their own belief. It never entered into the minds of these blind leaders that as a man sows, so shall he reap, for action and reaction are equal. The knowledge of science was not general and that the belief of man had anything to do with his health was a thing not dreamed of. All that was believed was something that could not be seen, so the prophets prophesied of someone coming from heaven. Now if heaven was not something that the people believed in, away and apart from this earth, then it would not have been in the prophesies. So this heaven was an established fact and all their controversies were in regard to it. They introduced all sorts of mediums that purported to come from and have communications from that place. There was the dwelling of God and all religious theories were based upon the belief that there was another world where God dwelt and where He ordered all things according to His own will. Absurd as this is, man is made of this composition, for man is only a mass of matter or ideas, combined together by a wisdom superior to the matter of which the ideas are formed. Science is not recognized in this belief. For it belongs to that class of minds which have never risen to a state where they can discern that man can perceive anything independent of his natural senses. To this class of minds whatever is not established is a mystery. If a lead ball is thrown into the water it sinks to the bottom, that is a fact. If a wooden ball is also thrown into the water it floats, and then comes the mystery. A medium from the other world is required to explain the phenomenon. Argument is of no force. The explanation must come from God, and thus it is with every mysterious phenomenon—supernatural power only can explain it. Thus man is kept constantly excited to understand every little thing that happens. He never has thought that heaven and hell were a part of his belief and consequently a part of himself, but he believes that these two places are independent of himself and he is liable to go to one or the other after he is dead. So he lives in hell all his life, trying to get to heaven, but never gets there for it is always at a distance, and he is always looking for a savior to save him from hell.

How often we hear very good people say that they are weary of this wicked world and they long to be with Christ, showing that they are not there now, but hope to be. You see that their faith contains a belief, not a substance. The faith that is of man is merely a belief in something not obtained, for when the substance is obtained, then faith or belief is lost in the substance and they have what they hoped for. Was Jesus' faith a belief? No, His faith was the substance of our belief and that substance was Christ. Jesus put his faith in practice for the happiness of man. This substance or Christ or faith is something intended to be applied to man, and Jesus put this in practice for his happiness. The question arises, Has it an identity? Answer, it has; it is all that ever had an unchangeable identity. It is wisdom itself but the Christian's faith is an opinion about this wisdom. I have said that Jesus' faith had an identity and to this his senses were attached. This Jesus could say to his faith, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” What did this Christ strive to do? It strove to enter the heart of man and teach him how to break away from his errors and learn the truth. Jesus taught Christ and put it in practice by his works. Do the Christians do the same? No. They preach about it, so their faith is not of works but a belief. The world is no wiser or better for it. To prove your faith in music is to play a tune on an instrument by your faith or science, not to talk about music, telling about how beautiful it is. The Science of Health which Jesus taught was practiced by his faith or wisdom and his instrument was man. He took man after he had been beaten, bruised and deceived by the priests and doctors and applied his science or Christ to put him in tune, so that he could sing psalms to the one living and true science and appreciate Jesus as the medium for “he hath opened the seventh seal” that can correct the errors of man who shall be saved from disease and misery. How does Jesus stand by the side of his pretended followers? He talked and taught his Christ to the people. Priest and doctor talk about it. Here is a vast difference. Jesus put intelligence in the Christ or science; the Christians put no intelligence in Christ or science but apply all the intelligence to Jesus, calling the Christ a power. The difference has always been kept up; the natural man cannot see intelligence in anything he cannot understand. Therefore Christ or intelligence of Jesus is to him a power or mystery and he wanted to know whence it came. This ignorance on the part of the priests and people originated all their speculation about Jesus. The Christ or higher intelligence was shrouded in darkness to them, for they could not see why he, merely a man, should be more than a man.

Everyone knows that a clairvoyant state is different from the natural state. Let me illustrate what all will admit. Persons in a clairvoyant state can talk, using the same organs as when awake. They also have every faculty which they have in their waking state, independent of the natural body, and space and time may or may not be annihilated. They act entirely independently of anyone and when awakened may not remember anything that has been going on. Here you see a being acting independently of the natural body or the identity of flesh and blood, with all the organs and senses of the natural man. Now where is this identity when the natural man is acting, for both cannot be acting at the same time? Everyone will perceive that if a man could retain his reason and natural senses and at the same time be conscious of the other state, he would be a man beside himself, thus making two living intelligences in one identity, acting through one medium. Thus the clairvoyant man could correct the errors of the man of flesh and blood and keep him in subjection to his wisdom. This was Jesus Christ.

To have this Christ was to be born again or receive the higher wisdom. This wisdom or Christ was the mystery to mankind. This was the Christ that should reign till all error should be subject to it. Disease, being the off-spring of error, deceives the people, making them nervous, sick, and liable to death, for all this is matter and belongs to the man of flesh and blood. But it is the design of wisdom that matter should be the servant of this clairvoyant man or science; therefore when Jesus received this wisdom, he became God and man. When the man spoke, it was like anyone else, but when the Christ spoke, it spoke not as a man, for that is of God or wisdom from above. Jesus taught the people to distinguish by their works the true Christ from the false. It must have proved its source by works, for he says, “Not everyone who says I am Christ is so himself, but he that doeth the will of the wisdom that sent me.”

Let us see if a test can be found such as Jesus laid down. When he called his disciples together he gave them power over all unclean spirits and sent them forth to heal the sick. Here is the test of the clairvoyant or Christ power or wisdom. How did he apply it when he cured disease? Of course, if he was in this state all the time, all things were present to him so that not a sparrow could fall to the ground unnoticed by him, not Jesus, for although the Christ was made known through Jesus, it was only made known according to the necessities of the time when he, Jesus, lived. I will take one of his miracles to show that Jesus and Christ acted together. When the centurion came to Jesus to tell him that his servant was sick, Jesus was not aware of the fact but immediately became subject to his clairvoyant state, saw the servant and administered unto him. Then he said to the centurion, Go thy way, and according to thy faith so it shall be unto thee. So the centurion left and the servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Now this is as plain to me as any cure I ever performed. This was not a power but a higher wisdom that the world knows not of. I will now introduce myself, showing that I cure in the same way.

Everyone knows that there is a difference in clairvoyance. Subjects differ in the direction of their minds. I do not practice clairvoyance except with the sick and I will show others how to be clairvoyant like myself. I said that a clairvoyant does not remember what he says in his sleep. To put a person into a clairvoyant state is to change him from one state to another; so as he loses his natural senses, he embraces the other senses or clairvoyant state till he is completely lost to this world of matter. I will show how I first discovered this state. This state is progression, not imitation, but independent clairvoyance.

When I first began to mesmerize and as I became interested in the experiments, I found that the subject could see through matter. I could not help believing this and it showed me that matter could be seen through by a clairvoyant; so it became not an opinion but a truth to me. I also found that all that man's senses embraced could be seen and felt by a person whose bodily senses were dead, if we judged by the body. All this became a wisdom, not a belief, but a part of my identity. So what is a belief to the world concerning these things was to me a truth. My next aim was to become a clairvoyant myself, and as I became convinced that matter was only a medium for our wisdom to act through, I could see how it could be transformed and the senses or clairvoyant state be attached to any idea the natural man might think of. The two kinds of reasoning make up the natural man. Both modes of reasoning can be carried into the clairvoyant state for this does not embrace reason.

To make a good clairvoyant, one must, beginning on earth, rid himself of all beliefs in every theory of man; and as he sees the absurdity of his own opinions, he becomes lighted up in another atmosphere where he feels the discord of this world. He then becomes sensitive to the errors and opinions of man; they affect him and make him nervous. All his senses become entirely independent of his natural will or senses; then he is two persons. This is my state as far as regards the sick. When I sit by the sick and take them by the hand, I feel a sensation. This affects me, and the sensation is produced by something coming within my senses as a man of flesh and blood. This excites the spiritual or scientific man and the senses being freed from matter or opinion see the natural man or opinion that causes the trouble. As I retain two identities, I see the error and explain it to the natural senses. These are set at rest and harmony is restored. I cannot find language to explain this so that you will understand it. I will take the science of mechanics to illustrate these two principles. The word statics is used in calculating stationary powers as weighing on scales, hoisting from a vessel by a cable, dropping a dead weight, etc. All this combines action and reaction. They constitute and come under the head of statics. The natural man and even the brutes have a knowledge of this. The principle of dynamics is from a higher wisdom known only to statics as a mystery. Here is where the foundation of science commences. Dynamics, like clairvoyance, puts man in possession of a higher wisdom, so that a man understanding the science can see through the statics or natural man.

An experiment of this wisdom is seen in a person standing on board a vessel, hauling her up to a wharf with the line made fast on shore, while one standing on the wharf hauling in the vessel by a line made fast to the vessel acts upon statics. The difference is just one-half. The one on the vessel with half the power of the one on the wharf will be twice as long as the other, for he travels with the vessel. So it is with everything where the power moves with the weight or body to be moved. This is dynamics and it makes all the controversy in calculating powers that are in motion as steamboats, locomotives, etc. Man, being matter, is always in motion, for in this is his life. Like a steamboat, his time is calculated and the steam kept up by supplying food as the mind uses it up. His life depends upon two principles. The wisdom of the savage or natural man is all statics, or might is right. As he begins to progress, his life and happiness will be governed by a higher principle of wisdom. So as he loses in error, he must be supplied by wisdom or his force will destroy his body. For he is now a locomotive man instead of a sawmill. His machine is in motion and his sawmill calculation will not govern it. This holds good in every department of life. The dynamical calculation is based on progression. Statics or demagogism is different. Statics is darkness. Dynamics is light and the people are under one or the other of these two classes. All nations have shown that the principle of statics has governed, for as yet no nation has stood the test of time for all have broken to pieces when they have got up the steam. The regulator of dynamics has never been attached to the engine of wisdom, and until that is done, revolutions must take place. Then comes anarchy, confusion and tyranny, and the people have to yield to a superior power that keeps them in subjection till their fears are forgotten. Then they fire up again and blow to pieces. This principle holds good in nations as well as in individuals. Disease is the natural result of demagogism.

March 1861

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