The Modern Tendencies - July 1916

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The Modern Tendencies asperations ---

"Hope in the Lord be of good courage & he shall strengthen thy Heart" This is one of the many sentiments of the ancient Hebrew Bible that whose influence over the heart & mind is like a moral tonic. s[ ]ling And that we need Anyhow the Psalms of David have stimulated more people & inflicted more moral strength & aroused the more dormant hearts & dejected Spirits of more people than any other book of Liberatine, ancient or modern. We ca no wonder its application & freshness are today as powerful & dominant as if they were of yesterday's creation. The present tendencies of modern life its complication together with the increasing tension in the struggle for existence. sometimes cast a sickly hue over man's prospect & leave him now on the verge of despair now on the heights of hope. If we study the various phases of life & analyze the state of our Liberatine, our Art our Politics our society, if we possess a critical penetrative mind & can prove the heart of things, we cannot fail to discover much in all these things that is decadent & fills us with a possibly degenerate feeling of dissatisfaction. Use reputable Literary magazines such as the N. Amer. Review, The Hibbert Journal, 19th Century

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& the Literary Digest -- will help to confirm these opinions. E[ ] In the chaotic state of mind in which European the deplorable conditions of Europe & Asia have left millions of the World's inhabitants it occurs to me I am impressed with the thought that instead of constantly deploring the ills that have come to us & bewailing the our fate, it would be of constructive advantage to turn our attention to the crying need of strengthening their asperations hearts & rekindling the belief in the Ideal. What is needed today is to bring into new prominence the unchanging & imperishable truths the abiding things of life & to from them to discover the new truths which for men's moral guidance & uplift. We who live in America cannot afford to stand still & transfixed & become the mere passive onlookers of a world torn asunder by a volcano of unbridled hatred, fury & passion. By Education in self-restraint, & self-denial much can be accomplished to Safeguard the integrity of our country & to maintain a high standard of citizenship. It is a matter of returning to 1st principle as promulgated to the world by the mosaic legislation & prophetic utterance. Day by day What is the use of our success & our prosperity, our fine Extravagant homes & Everything Else

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that money can buy unless there comes with these external things an inward satisfaction & peace of the soul that is as clarifying to the mind & refreshing to the body as a whiff of ozone on a sultry summer day. Day by day these Unless we are constantly taking an moral inventory of ourselves we the best all of us -- the best of us lo are apt to lose our perspective. Day by day there are triumphs to be won over the passions that stir in our breasts. Day by day there are triumphs to be won over the base thoughts turpitudes, the base & petty thoughts that defile our hearts & deprecate us in the scale of humanity. Day by day there are triumphs to be won over the spirit of impatience & mutiny that threaten the authority & power of our reason. These are the triumphs of the inner conflict, by them we are raised above to Godlike exaltation and the fire that consumes our frozen natures like the flaming Chariot of Elijah bears us while living, into a higher world. & bring These triumphs bring to our homes & lives a great peace, a purified gladness. Pleasure means to one something so vastly different from what it does to another, in fact so great is this

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disparity that we may almost readily judge our fellow citizens by the pleasures in which they pursue. To some it means nothing more than brutal self-indulgence, the a pandering to the lower lusts & appetites, the realization of them a degraded nature. To others it means the K innocent diversion, the Keenest culture thoughts that can only emanate from a superior type of man or woman. Recognizing the pitiful weaknesses of most men Hugh Black that fascinating writer of Edinburgh felt called upon was impelled to write a few thoughts on the Practice of Self Culture whereby men may learn to live by cultivating a few fragrant flowers in the garden of the human heart. The Culture of the Imagination, the Culture of the mind, the Culture of the Speech, the Culture of the Conscience -- are a few of the topics treated of in the book I have mentioned. All of them breathe the very freshness of a Spring morn, charming illumanating, edifying. When If we could stop the wheels for an instant will but of its pause a moment & give ourselves time to breathe calmly in the midst of this world's great moving panorama we shall not take long in coming to the conclusion that we are not living in accordance with the deeper demands

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of our own natures & spiritual needs. And personally when I think of the basic truth of this thought I am reminded of a conversation I had yesterday with a gentleman regarding the death of a dear friend who was taken away in the prime of life & in the midst of a confusing multitude of activities. Said this gentleman to me "What a pity that my friend died just when he was commencing to live. That is the trouble with most of us. We commence to live when we are when we are nearly on the brink of the grave dead. Similarly Socrates many of us just begin to realize how fine a religion Judaism is when sorrow invades their homes. Socrates & Luther, Spinoza D'Acosta & others in the long gallery of ideal aspiring mortals, had many moments of ecstacy, sacred moments, golden hours of joy which a coarse sordid mind knows not of nor understands, & often ridicules & possibly pities. But If anybody is to be pitied it is he that have has never known any state but that of dry cold sordid reasoning. If we would have moments on the amount, we must toil up the hills rugged side. In this age, the practical is overemphasized while the ideals of life that illumine & refresh it are sadly neglected to our hurt. Even the religious life or if you like the Church life

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