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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 13 - Organic Perfection

The great Idea baffles wit,
Language falters under it. —Emerson

FEW facts are of greater significance in the interpretation of the universe than the discovery that the higher forms of life are organic. That is, the physical being is not a mere aggregation of precisely similar parts; it is composed of differing organs or members whose functions mutually contribute to the well-being and development of the whole. No part is adequate by itself. No part is independent. The existence of each is made possible through the co-presence and activity of all the other parts. The whole is a society of related individuals, whose utility as well as whose beauty is dependent upon limitation and co-operation.

This familiar truth is unquestionably the most direct clue to the constitution and meaning of the highest orders of life: the mental, moral, social, and spiritual. Its significance is perfectly clear, no far as our physical existence is concerned. But we are apt to neglect the bearing of this profound discovery

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