My own Demonstration

In Truth-seeking, we never blunder upon success. It would be absurd in the endeavor to solve a problem in mathematics to begin to "cipher" without a definite idea of the purpose of our calculation.

We are no more sure of the satisfactory solution of our life problem if we work in an objectless manner. Today, swayed by the impulses of benevolence, we may bring material supply to our neighbor's need; to-morrow, impelled by pity, we may drop a tear or speak a word of consolation to the sorrowing and thus effect a certain good, but we are not, in this indefinite way, working to a definite end in the achievement of our own demonstration, and we shall not blunder upon success.

It is highly important that we apprehend, first of all, the nature and object of life's lesson. It is a translation, and by steady purpose and prayerful application we shall ultimately be able to read the lesson, not in the language of materiality, but in the word of God. There are passages which are certainly difficult to recast. Mortal mind has so long reiterated them that they seem true, and if not alert, we shall accept them as truth and so permit them to remain and mar the harmony of our translation. These inaccuracies present themselves in the discordant influences of heredity, of temperament, of hygiene, of climate, of lack, in short in all the suggestions that would limit man's dominion, that absolute dominion which was pronounced in the language of Spirit.

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An Age of Tolerance
March 7, 1903

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