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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -

grasped, and we have had an ethics more or less at war with esthetics an intense yet narrowed force, which could not discriminate and command all the elements requisite for its own most perfect expression.

Lesson 82 - 3. Communities take up the law of growth - p.359

3. Were it not that communities that successive generations of men, achieve a collective growth, which the individual is able to receive inductively from them, starting at the point they have already reached, this order of development in the feelings would make the condition of mankind comparatively hopeless. But the growth of society reveals very clearly this progress from the physical to the intellectual feelings, and in an incipient form is disclosing that farther movement by which the artistic and ethical sentiments, under the perfect, harmonious rule of the higher impulses, shall take the supreme position amid the powers and pleasures of the human heart.

When any one feeling begins to predominate in the individual or the community, many things concur to strengthen its hold. Take, as an illustration, such a desire as that for wealth. It soon becomes a strong current, plowing for itself a deep bed, walled on either hand, and not readily changed. The desire by repetition returns easily as an habitual one. Surrounding objects and pursuits are more and more contemplated in their ability to gratify this feeling, and therefore by their presence more uniformly bring it uppermost in the mind. Kindred pursuits draw together parties in whom the desire is already developed, and by emulation and the confirmation of like judgments, they inflame it in each other. Thus a large commercial city seems a very maelstrom of economic currents, and every individual, a separate particle spinning round and round under the same feverish impulse and waiting to be swallowed up by the same insatiable lust. The brood . of feelings also warmed into life by a parent desire, unite at

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