Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 8 Pt II

CHAPTER VIII THE LORDS OF THE EXCHEQUER< THE DESIRES (Part II.)           The Desire of Society.—Another Desire common to all people is the Desire to be together. We all want company, neighbours, friends, acquaintances. Little children love to play with other little children in the street; you see half a dozen little creatures of two years old or so toddling about together, talking their baby … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 8 Pt II

Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 7 Pt I

CHAPTER VII THE LORDS OF THE EXCHEQUER, THE DESIRES (Part I.)           Mind must be Fed.—We consider the Lords of the Exchequer, the Desires, after the Intellect, because their office is to do for Mind pretty much what the Appetites do for the Body. It is as necessary that Mind should be fed, should grow and should produce, as that these things should happen to … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 7 Pt I

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 5

V BETTER-THAN-MY-NEIGHBOUR TWO persons meet in the porch of the King Archon; the one brings a suit, and the other appears to answer to a very serious charge. We know the impeached man and the charge brought against him. Socrates was charged by Meletus, a young man who was little known, with corrupting the youth of the city, and with inventing new gods and denying … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 5

Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 6

CHAPTER VI MY LORD CHIEF ATTORNEY-GENERAL, REASON           Reason, an Advocate.—I have spoken of my Lord Chief Attorney-General, Reason, as a mere colleague of Intellect; but, indeed, he is a person of great importance in the government of Mansoul—so much so, that he not infrequently gets the entire government into his hands. Reason is a personage of admirable powers and of independent character. If you … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 6

Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 5

CHAPTER V THE BEAUTY SENSE           The Dæmon of Exclusiveness.—The Beauty Sense adds so much to the joy of life that it is not easy to see what danger attends it. But, perhaps, Exclusiveness is the Dæmon that waits on a too keen sense of the joy of Beauty, whether in music, painting, one’s own surroundings, or even in natural scenery. Exclusiveness gets the ear … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 5

April 25, 2020. Epidemic, Catching in a Curious Way

“The second Dæmon of Imagination is Sin. Have you ever heard people say, ‘There seems to be quite an epidemic of burglaries’ or ‘of murders’? They are quite right. There is an epidemic of these things. They are catching in a curious way. People read of a crime in the newspapers, they allow their Imagination to dwell upon all the details; the whole thing becomes … Continue reading April 25, 2020. Epidemic, Catching in a Curious Way

Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 4

CHAPTER IV MY LORD CHIEF EXPLORER           Living Pictures.—My Lord Chief Expires Imagination, deserves a more complete introduction than the by-the-way mention he has had as a colleague of Intellect. He is an amazing personage, with power to produce, as we have seen, a procession of living pictures in every region open to Intellect. Great artists, whether they be poets or painters, builders or musicians, … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 4

It Happens Every Day

  “A Basis of Facts.—Of the teaching of Natural Philosophy, I will only remind the reader of what was said in an earlier chapter—that there is no part of a child’s education more important than that he should lay, by his own observation, a wide basis of facts towards scientific knowledge in the future. He must live hours daily in the open air, and, as … Continue reading It Happens Every Day

Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 3

CHAPTER III THE DÆMONS OF INTELLECT           Inertia will not let us begin.—Like the Body, the Mind, too, has his Dæmons. The two which beset Intellect are, first, a sort of sloth or inertia which makes us unwilling to begin to think of anything but the small matters of everyday life. If we will only begin, Intellect bestirs himself, strong and eager for his work:— … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book 1 Pt 2. Chapter 3