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OUR LOST INDEPENDENCE. I

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man's heart, surges through his being, and makes him, for a time, a useless nonentity in the realm of work and reason, and later on, when he has let the reins go and the fever has developed into invincible passion, when the fatal question is put and answered in the affirmative-then the world approves, smiles, and declares him a noble happy man! Why, in, the name of reason, is it right and proper, if you have four sets of affections and desires, to conquer three and let the other run absolutely riot? It is as natural for one man to fall in drink as for another to fall in love. Both are non-resisters to the forces of fallen human nature playing within them. Then one is no worse than the other-if both let the reins got. Yet society places one on the pinnacle of approval, and the other in the valley of condemnation. To fall in drink is wrong. Shocking!" says the spotless crowd. The craving should be conquered! Therefore, logically, the pas- sion of love arising in the same nature, in an exactly similar manner, should be conquered. In both cases the victim desires an object. In both cases this desire uncurbed is pro- ductive of great evil, and damaging to the future welfare of the race. Both should be suppressed—strangled! Here is the great mistake the crowd has made-failure to distinguish between divine, soul love, as set forth and pleaded for by the Perfect Man, and human love, as swaying the world to-day. If we get back our independence, refuse to follow the generally accepted truths, and study things originally, we shall see this— that while we read with sorrow of the cruelty of the ancients to the Man of Nazareth, while we sing, with tears in our eyes, of Calvary, we are ourselves, by marrying and giving in marriage,, guilty of the greatest and most abominable cruelty to our Creator, in pro- longing the sufferings of Christ, by increas- ing the numbers of the human race, by the continual production of thousands of new beings, born in sin, a greater part of whom will grow up to rebel against and deny God, and die in a doubtful state at the close of their earthly existence. All this we do to-day, so the crowd tells us, in accordance with the Divine will! Why, then, have centuries of preaching utterly failed? Why have twenty hundred years of churches and churchmen utterly failed? Be- cause mankind must realise that if it desires the consummation of all things, and the com- ing of the proclaimed kingdom, it must do something self-denying and practical towards it. We don't to-day. For we are slaves to human passion which we ignorantly desig- nate "love" Everv true man, every true woman, look- ing down upon life from the heights of reason and retaining their'independence of thought, will instinctively feel this truth borne home to their spirits, that if it is right to conquer some human affections and desires, it is right to conquer all, allowing the divine soul- love (as preached by Christ), and that alone, to have full and free course. Then sin will end and Christ will come. Thus the loss of independence, so deeply buried by ages of neglect that all mankind blindly follows a supposed holy. Christian in- stitution. is the cause of all the misery and sin existing in the world, and the constant preventative of man returning to his Creator. Being natural in thought is called by the crowd, originality. Being natural in action is called by the crowd, eccentricity; and mankind will never reach the summit of virtue and perfection that its religious bodies so much seek and desire, until we are one and all eccentric and original.