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HE supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good,” but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will come I wish to live without hate,

whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffectedready to say “I do not know,” if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality—to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I'll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant-to radiate life.

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JY exercise of its faculties

the spirit grows, just as a
muscle grows strong thru
continued use. Expression
is necessary the Life is
expression, and repression
is stagnation-death.
Yet, there can be right

and wrong expression. If
a man permits his life to run riot and only the
animal side of his nature is allowed to express
itself, he is repressing his highest and best, and
the qualities not used atrophy and die.
Men are punished by their sins, not for them.
Sensuality, gluttony, and the life of license
repress the life of the spirit, and the soul never
blossoms; and this is what it is to lose one's
soul. All adown the centuries thinking men
have noted these truths, and again and again
we find individuals forsaking in horror the life
of the senses and devoting themselves to the
life of the spirit. This question of expression
through the spirit, or through the senses-
through soul or body-has been the pivotal
point of all philosophy and the inspiration of
all religion.

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Every religion is made up of two elements that never mix any more than oil and water mix * A religion is a mechanical mixture, not a chemical combination, of morality and dogma. Dogma is the science of the unseen: the doctrine of the unknown and unknowable. And in order to give this science plausibility, its promulgators have always fastened upon it morality. Morality can and does exist entirely separate and apart from dogma, but dogma is ever a parasite on morality, and the business of the priest is to confuse the two. But morality and religion never saponify. Morality is simply the question of expressing your life forces—how to use them? You have so much energy; and what will you do with it? And from out the multitude there have always been men to step forward and give you advice for a consideration. Without their supposed influence with the unseen we might not accept their interpretation of what is right and wrong. But with the assurance that their advice is backed up by Deity, followed with an offer of reward if we believe it, and a threat of dire punishment if we do not, the Self-appointed Superior Class has driven men wheresoever it

willed. The evolution of formal religions is not
a complex process, and the fact that they
embody these two unmixable things, dogma
and morality, is a very plain and simple truth,
easily seen, undisputed by all reasonable men.
And be it said that the morality of most
religions is good. Love, truth, charity, justice
and gentleness are taught in them all. But,
like a rule in Greek grammar, there are many
exceptions. And so in the morality of religions
there are exceptional instances that constantly
arise where love, truth, charity, gentleness
and justice are waived on suggestion of the
Superior Class, that good may follow. Were
it not for these exceptions there would be no
wars between Christian nations.
The question of how to express your life will
probably never down, for the reason that men
vary in temperament and inclination. Some
men have no capacity for certain sins of the
flesh; others there be, who, having lost their
inclination for sensuality through too much
indulgence, turn ascetics. Yet all sermons have
but one theme: how shall life be expressed?
Between asceticism and indulgence men and
races swing.

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Asceticism in our day finds an interesting manifestation in the Trappists, who live on a mountain top, nearly inaccessible, and deprive themselves of almost every vestige of bodily comfort, going without food for days, wearing uncomfortable garments, suffering severe cold; and should one of this community look upon the face of a woman he would think he was in instant danger of damnation. So here we find the extreme instance of men repressing the faculties of the body in order that the spirit may find ample time and opportunity for exercise. Somewhere between this extreme repression of the monk and the license of the sensualist lies the truth of But just where is the great question; and the desire of one person, who thinks he has discovered the norm, to compel all other men to stop there, has led to war and strife untold. All law centers around this point-what shall men be allowed to do? And so we find statutes to punish “strolling play actors,” “players on fiddles,” “ disturbers of the public conscience," "persons who dance wantonly,” “ blasphemers,” and in England there were, in the year 1800, thirty-seven


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