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CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER IX
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER XI
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INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER IX
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER XI

 

   
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XI

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

"Knowledge is Power," but it requires to be combined with wisdom to become useful. The fundamental principles of education should be the subject of earnest scientific investigation, but this investigation should be broad, including not only the theatrical, wordy, memorizing, compiling methods, but should also include all the causes which tend to produce men and women with sane well-balanced characters.

We must learn that any person who will not accept what he knows to be truth, for the very love of truth alone, is very definitely undermining his mental integrity. It will be observed that the mind of such a person gradually stops growing, for, being constantly hedged in and cropped here and there, it soon learns to respect artificial fences more than freedom for growth. You have not been a very close observer of such men if you have not seen them shrivel, become commonplace, mean, without influence, without friends and the enthusiasm of youth and growth, like a tree covered with fungus, the foliage diseased, and the life gone out of the heart with dry rot and indelibly marked for destruction—dead, but not yet handed over to the undertaker.

The man or the woman who moves the earth, who is master rather than the victim of fate, has strong feelings well in hand—a vigilant engineer at the throttle.

Education which makes us lazier arid more helpless is of no use. Leaders use the power within; it should give the best organized thought and experience of men through all the ages of the past. By it we should learn that it is not necessary to be selfish in order to succeed. If you happen to get a new idea don’t build a barbed wire fence around it and label it yours. By giving your best thoughts freely others will come to you so freely that you will soon never think of fencing them in. Thoughts refuse to climb barbed wire fences to reach anybody.

By placing ourselves in harmony and cooperation with the main high potential line of human progress and welfare we receive the benefit of strong magnetic induction currents. But by placing our life energies at right angles to it we soon find ourselves on a low-feed induction current, thus losing the help and support which should be Ours.

Straightforward honesty always pays better dividends than zigzag policy. It gives one individuality, self-respect, and power to take the initiative, saving all the trouble of constant tacking to catch the popular breeze. Each human being is like a steamship, endowed with a tremendous power. The fires of life develop a pressure of steam which, well disciplined, leads to happiness for ourselves and others; or it may lead only to pain and destruction.

To guide these energies is the work of true education. Education of rules and words only for polish and public opinion is of the past. The education of the present and future is to guide these energies through wind and wave straight to the port desired. Education gives no one any new force. It can only discipline nature’s energies to develop in natural and useful directions so that the voyage of life may be a useful and happy one—so that life, may not be blasted or completely cut off before thought arid experience have ripened into useful fruit.

When the love of truth for truth’s sake—this poetic idealism, this intuitive perception, this growth from within—has been awakened and cultivated, thoughts live and are transmitted into endless forms of beauty and utility; but to receive this new growth we must cultivate a sturdy self-respect, we must break away from the mere petrified word-pictures of others and cultivate the "still small voice" within by which we become strong in individual thought and quick in action, not cropped, hedged and distorted by outward, trivial forms, fads and fancies. Every great man or woman is at heart a poet, and all must listen long to the harmonies of Nature before they can make translations from her infinite resources through their own ideals into creations of beauty in words, forms, colors, or sounds. Mathematical details are invaluable, the compilation method is beyond reproach; intellectually we may know many things, but they will never be of any great value toward a normal growth unless there is an inward awakening, an intuitive grasp, an impelling personal force which digests, assimilates and individualizes. This intuitive consciousness, combined with extensive practical knowledge and "horse sense," has always been the motive power of all those who have for all time left the human race rich with legacies of useful thought, with ripening harvests of freedom and with ever-increasing stores of wisdom and happiness. We are now standing upon the threshold of new methods and new discoveries which shall give us imperial dominion.

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