Bias

"For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience of research; sober things, because they narrow hope; the deeper things of nature, from superstition; the light of experience, from arrogance and pride, lest his mind should seem to be occupied with things mean and transitory; …

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The Voice of the Nameless

From The Ancient Sage by Alfred Tennyson A thousand summers ere the time of Christ From out his ancient city came a Seer Whom one that loved, and honour’d him, and yet Was no disciple, richly garb’d, but worn From wasteful living, follow’d—in his hand A scroll of verse—till that old man before A cavern whence an affluent …

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The Seeker and the Sought

THE QUEST by James H. Cousins They said: ‘She dwelleth in some place apart, Immortal Truth, within whose eyes Who looks may find the secret of the skies And healing for life’s smart!’  I sought Her in loud caverns underground,-- On heights where lightnings flashed and fell; I scaled high Heaven; I stormed the gates of …

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Lost in a Busy World

There is a game called by many different names that is played around the world. Where I grew up we called it "Operator." The game is simple, but revealing. One person whispers a message to another and the message is passed through the entire group until it reaches the last player, who then announces the …

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Good and Evil

You needn't hate evil to love good. The failure to understand this point is the crack in the foundation of most of the world's great religions. Hatred is a powerful form of worship. It consumes those who possess it in their hearts and left unchecked it leads to obsession. I've often observed supposedly good people …

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Receiving Blessings

The longing for blessings is a universal human desire. It transcends religious boundaries and cosmological viewpoints and is one of the few things in common between Ned Flanders and Charles Darwin. We all long to receive blessings from life, God, the universe or whatever you might call it as you peer through the lattice of …

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The Struggles of Man

"Religion, Society, and Nature—these are the three struggles of man." ~ Victor Hugo If all the human activity undertaken in the course of a day, month or year were put in a pot still and reduced to its fractions, there would be but three fundamental components: religion, society and nature. Every man who has ever …

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