Culture of courage

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The World’s New Dawn
"Let us not look at ourselves but onwards, and take strength from the leaf and the
signs of the field. He is indeed despicable who cannot look onwards to the ideal life
of man. Not to do so is to deny our birthright of mind."— Thomas Coke Watkins.
I AM often asked, "Do you think the world is really becoming better?"
My inmost self — the self I trust and try to assist —is sure that the world is growing
better, whatever the hampered intellect may from time to time aver.
For one thing, I feel that the world's mind is slowly yet swiftly changing its
adjustment to one supreme reality — Truth.
Always have men believed that they desired only the truth, and always have they
sought and found it in part. But then they have immediately wrapped it in packages
andstowed it in boxes with elaborate labels. Our nature craves reality, not
wrappings and tables of contents. Therefore every age has torn off some of the
ancient outer things, and insisted at last on truth alone. More than during all the
centuries before, men today demand reality — just the essential reality a human soul
craves, and can recognize, and can use in the building of its life.
HenryDrummond spoke of the adjustment which a great telescope needs for
photographing the stars. Let us think of one fixed star. “No adjustment is ever
required on behalf of the star. That is one great fixed point in this shifting universe.
But the world moves. And each day, each hour, demands a further motion and
adjustment of the soul. A telescope in an observatory follows a star by clockwork,
butthe clockwork of the soul is the Will." The world and the man must will to adjust
to truth if they would really find and know Truth.

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I hold that the world today, more perfectly than ever before, is urging an accurate
adjustment of the human soul to truth — that which alone thebody demands for
health, the mind for development, the deeper self for peace and power.
The old adjustments no longer satisfy. Truth is, indeed, eternal, but our relation
must keep pace with it as we swing through the vast heavens of time. The
photographs of yesterday do not speak correctly for today. We do not deny the stars;
we only deny the science that is past.
This adjustment is a hugeprayer. It is a request for truth, in a sense, but for truth
only. And it is an assurance. It expects the truth. Now, that is the best kind of
praying I know — Expectation in Adjustment.
When you plant your seed or properly place your telescope, you have created
adjustment, and you expect harvest and picture.
Expectation in Adjustment is Assumption.
The world no longer merely asks for truth;it harmonizes with Nature and Life, and
so, appropriates.
You are invited to make this thought a lifelong affirmation: In Harmony I Appropriate
All Good.
Such is one of my reasons for believing that the world is growing better. This
attitude toward Truth has influenced for the better every legitimate activity of man.
The results are seen in Benevolence, Business, Education, Government, andReligion.
A new day of splendid, unhampered, happy and growing spiritual life b bursting over
the earth. Souls are coming free. Hearts are thrilling with courage. In minds has
begun the swing and heave of the sea.
I ask you to take the following lines as a symbol of the world's wonderful sense of
appropriation that is everywhere evident.
The sea, the pine, the stars, the forest deep,Bequeath to me at will their subtle wealth.
Or still days brood, or rough winds round me sweep,
Mine is the buoyant earth man's vibrant health:
All things for love of me their vigils keep —
I am the soul of health, of wealth.
Run, sea, in my heart!
Pine, sing in my heart!
Stars, glow in my heart!
For ye are mine, and my soul,
Like ye, is a part Of the Marvelous Whole.
There's no thing dear to...
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