A man becomes wise as he realizes fully his true relation to the universe of which he is a part.
The whole nature of man must be used wisely by the one who desires to enter the way.
Rituals have no efficacy, prayers are but vain words, incantations have no saving power. To abandon covetousness and lust, to become free from evil desires, to renounce hatred and ill will, this is true worship.
Refusal to discuss an issue or to debate an argument is one way of concealing the disagreeable questions in review from the people who ought to be informed.
If any subject occupies the public mind today it is education. But what kind of education have we in view? To educate the mind is difficult enough, but how much more troublesome the education of the emotions. Accuracy of thinking is not, as is commonly supposed, a rarer thing than refinement or delicacy of sensibility. In my belief it is much more widely distributed and more highly appreciated. Far more care is given by the state to the education of the intellect than of the feelings. The values of quick wits, a good memory, sharp intelligence, and exact thinking are universally recognized. But where are we to look for a similar recognition of the values of right feeling, of taste, of delicate discernment, of quality rather than force of mind, of sensitivity and sympathy in social intercourse, which are powers and faculties of the soul? By his taste we distinguish the scholar from the pedant, by his possession of taste, the gentleman from the barbarian. It is the standard of refinement prevailing among its citizens that exalts a nation, and by which a civilization may be judged. Brains and knowledge you may have in abundance and yet remain a savage. Examples are not far to seek in the world today. Look around and you will, I think, become vividly aware that to educate and discipline the soul is of no less vital consequence in any society than to accumulate information or add a cubit to intellectual stature.
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