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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 -


very inadequate elements to be transformed by intellectual combination into the varied and profound sensibilities of a truly developed nature. The natural movement of tender sympathies must be made the means by which this vast superstructure is reared. Yet, in the powerful and growing consent of appetite and purely selfish impulses, how quickly and wholly would these feeble sentiments be swept away. How hopeless the effort to stay the actual forces of mischief in the world, not only with no sense of obligation in the mind, but no admiration of virtue, no perception of the beauty of excellence as such, no delight in any form of intrinsic merit, but always and everywhere, a cold, gross, sensual judgment of actions and their results the pleasure of compassion rated coolly at its scale-mark in a selfish mind, and with nothing farther to commend it, except as it can be shown ultimately to make way for physical indulgence.

Grade these pleasures of the body, give them each their numerical value, put the occasional play of natural sympathy with them; let the intellect honestly, closely adhere to them; add, subtract, involve, evolve, at pleasure; and forecast in the long reaches of its calculations such periods as it pleases, and how infinitely short after all must these promises of sagacious action fall of those deep, instant, noble impulses which our sense of beauty and of virtue bestow. Virtue is useful because it holds in its right hand peculiar and unmeasured rewards, because it is virtue. It is not virtue because it is useful, because it is laden with baskets filled with fruits plucked from the trees of a sensual paradise.

Lesson 84 - 5. Laws that control the feelings - p.363

5. There are certain laws which control the feelings in their relations to each other. The first of these is, The more intense feelings are transient, the more moderate ones are relatively permanent. This law is more true of physical

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