The dominant desire of every human being is the attainment of good. It prompts well-nigh every thought that the individual thinks and every act that he performs in his own behalf, and, until it is held in check by a higher motive, it arraigns every thought and act of other individuals who seek good in a different direction. Thus on the one hand it tends to separate mankind into groups led by differing desires, and on the other to bind these segregations together within themselves by the common bond of similarity of interests. The individuals in each group will be intent upon what they believe to be the best thing for them and those with whom they are associated, and they will be more or less pronounced in their views concerning the futility or at least the inadvisability of searching in other directions. Only as the individual comes to recognize that the search for good is equally the right of every other individual, even of each individual who differs radically from his views, is he willing to make allowance or concessions, and to manifest that spirit of tolerance which is peculiar to the generous mind, the Christian character.

He who naturally has gained such an altitude of thought can look down upon the seething of adverse motives with equanimity, because he knows that all are prompted by the one primary motive, the search for ultimate good; and no matter how wofully wrong any individual or group of individuals may be as to the direction in which to search, he can feel only compassion for those who are pursuing a wrong course. He will see that the infidels, the atheists, the agnostics, and the free-thinkers are just as earnest for ultimate good as are others; in fact that, no matter what the varying shades of belief or unbelief, the primary object of each is unity so far as aim is concerned, namely, good. The only wrong is in the direction in which the search is made.

November 6, 1909

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