The Brotherhood of Man

WHEN the strong searchlight of absolute science is turned upon the human mind a mixed collection of cob-webs, and mould is found obstructing the entrance of that light which illumines, and we "see through a glass darkly." To let the pure rays in, human thought must keep its windows pure and clear.

There is no guess-work whatever about the science of mathematics, its workings are absolutely accurate and demonstrable. The figure four, for instance, is a symbol of a fixed quantity which exists in mind, and it is impossible for that symbol to indicate more or less than that fixed mental quantity. This symbol may be presented to the eye in charcoal, chalk, or any of the brilliant rainbow hues, faintly or heavily outlined, carved in wood or stone, moulded in brass or gold, even outlined by diamonds, or traced by childish hands on the sands of the seashore; it may appear trim and straight, broad, low, small, large, crooked, wavering, half erased, distorted; it may refer to brilliant planets or clods of dirt; its value, fixed in mind, is ever and always the same, absolutely unchanging; when one endeavors to solve a problem and give this symbol less than its true value the resulting answer to the problem is never correct and can never be, and the worker only gets himself in a muddle while the basic law of mathematics remains undisturbed by the worker's mistakes.

Life's Boundaries Dispelled
May 16, 1903

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