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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 -


Hard facts demand stern principles, and stem principles call for severe enforcement. Only as each heart is softened can all hearts be softened. Only as one sees clearly the path, can he lead others into it; and no one can see clearly lines of action far ahead of the conditions by which he is surrounded. Each movement must be conjunct with existing circumstances, and, by a series of actions and reactions, make way for the next movement. At each stage the animal appetites and the intellectual passions must receive within themselves the modifying force of the spiritual tastes. The two ultimate sources of impulse, physical and spiritual, do not remain apart under growth; a vigorous interaction sets in; each class softens the other and gives it new conditions. The intellectual feelings, elicited by this double play of incentives, are correspondingly purified and enriched. Time is demanded for securing the enlargement and unity of life, and its diffusion through every function. Time is the one unalterable condition of evolution.

Lesson 83 - 4. Animal life in its feelings Utilitarianism - p.361

4:. The feelings of the animal, if the view we have presented of his endowments is correct, are almost purely physical. His courage is physical courage; his fear, physical fear; that is to say, these states are imposed upon him directly by external objects. The one is the rushing in of nerve power, prompting to conflict; the other, the desertion of the seats of strength by the energies of life an immediate provocation, an inclination, to flight instead of at tack. Memory, giving rise to association, may indeed, in the higher animals, start trains of feeling and thus of action aside from the power of the object which is more remotely their cause. Yet these feelings are comparatively limited. Little apprehension is shown except in the presence of danger, and then not according to its real nature, but its sensible form. The alarm manifested by many animals

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