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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 -

Lesson 111 - 4. The feelings central -- Their relations to pleasure - p.430

4. The feelings are plainly most central and important in the constitution of the mind. Here is the seat of enjoyment, of all good. Thence spring the motives which influence the will, which offer its alternatives, and thither return the fruits of choice fresh gratifications with accompanying incentives to effort. The intellect is scarcely less instrumental to the emotions. It multiplies its resources that these may be nourished; it fills its canvas with figures that these may be profoundly moved. The emotions are sooner or later endowed with all the treasures of thought, and the painter, the poet, all who can accomplish this transfer most quickly, skillfully, perfectly, become the chief artists in human society. The merchant, the inventor, labor for grosser forms of transmutation, the artist for higher, the true hero, for the highest. He alone lifts thought into the moral sublimity of an actual life, that is integral with the triumph of order the ample victory of the law of freedom in the universe of God.

As the impulses to action spring from the feelings, and the fruits of action return to them, it is evident that happiness must depend on the predominant emotions. Out of the heart are the issues of life. The physical feelings, the appetites, are primitive sources of pleasure; yet they are necessarily intermittent, and can be made safely to occupy but a small part of the time which falls to us. Moreover, their permanent enjoyment depends on physical vigor, and this must be maintained by that temperance, by that well regulated activity which sets these enjoyments still further limits. It is only on the condition of making the appetites secondary, incidental sources of good, that they can at all maintain their position as safe and just means of pleasure.

The intellectual feelings are, indeed, capable of incessant activity, yet fail of conferring a sufficient and permanent good. There is not that repose in them, that perfect reaction

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