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Horatio Dresser was a major early New Thought author

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Horatio W. Dresser's

Education and the Philosophical Ideal

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Preface - Introduction - The New Point of View - Educational Ideals - Equanimity - The Subconscious Mind - The Spiritual Ideal in Childhood - An Experiment in Education - The Expression of the Spirit - An Ideal Summer Conference - The Ministry of the Spirit - The Mystery of Pain and Evil - The Philosophical Ideal - The Criteria of Truth - Organic Perfection - Immortality - Index - p. 247


Chapter 7 - The Expression of the Spirit

There is only one thing better than tradition, and that is the original and eternal life out of which tradition takes its rise.—Lowell.

IT is the fate of every idealist to be misunderstood. He sees somewhat which all men shall presently see, but just because his thought has seized a possibility which lies beyond present attainment, because he lacks the rational terms wherewith to clothe his ideals, he is deemed visionary and impractical, when in reality his doctrine is even more practical than the most common-sense ideas at present in vogue.

Such an ideal is now taking shape in the minds of some of our leading educators. Its aim is the expression of the soul quality in music, literature, and art. Not that this is essentially a new ideal, but that its advocates are seeking to make a great step in advance, to make the expression of the Spirit a more self-conscious pursuit. The more strenuous the endeavour to advance, the more vague the method seems to become. Yet vague as it is, one feels that there is a beauty here which indescribably surpasses the methods which it is displacing.

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