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him a belief of intense pain. His eyes were inflamed by
the light. After the babbling boy had been taught to
speak a few words, he asked to be taken back to his dungeon,
and said that he should never be happy elsewhere.
Outside of dismal darkness and cold silence he found no
peace. Every sound convulsed him with anguish. All
that he ate, except his black crust, produced violent
retchings. All that gives pleasure to our educated senses
gave him pain through those very senses, trained in an
The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal
mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We
should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical
Science and its divine Principle.
Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed
by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy,
natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics,
thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.
Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation,
invention, study, and original thought are expansive
and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself,
out of all that is mortal.
It is the tangled barbarisms of learning which we
deplore, - the mere dogma, the speculative theory, the
nauseous fiction. Novels, remarkable only for their
exaggerated pictures, impossible ideals, and specimens
of depravity, fill our young readers with wrong tastes
and sentiments. Literary commercialism is lowering the
intellectual standard to accommodate the purse and to
meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of for
improvement. Incorrect views lower the standard of