August 16, 2015
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
There once were two brothers who looked very much alike. They were in the same business, dressed alike, were both lame and each had a pumple foot. Their names were John and William R. A gentleman wished to find John, but could not recall to mind his given name and he asked a friend if he had seen Mr. R. Which one? There are two brothers. The lame one. They are both lame. Well, the pumple–footed one. They are both so. Well he is a pedlar. They are both so. Well, this man trades too. So do both. Well, my man is a Democrat. So are they both. After thinking awhile, he says, He wears a buffalo coat and drives a lame horse. So they both do, replied the other. Well, said he, I will give up and wait till I can see him. The difficulty was that the gentleman was not aware that there were two brothers. As soon as he learned the fact, he must find out the name in order to discover the right one.
Wisdom is the surname and Science and error the given names. Science is the Christian name of wisdom and error that of ignorance. Neither ignorance nor wisdom act, but as matter is the medium of both, it is difficult to distinguish them unless you know their surnames. All through the Old Testament, these two opposites are found as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau. And in the New Testament, Jesus and Christ, Paul and Saul, etc. These two characters are in every person, but the natural man recognizes only one. Both can create, God or Science through the scientific man, and error through the natural man. And if you do not know their names, you will be liable to be deceived.
Opinions is the man that can invent stories and give false directions, that is, creating disease. Wisdom never creates an idea that tends to make man unhappy. Wisdom is outside of matter while opinions are in matter. The masses of the people are the medium to act upon. An error exists in the masses which sets the mind at work and after error has created a disturbance, it has not wisdom enough to guide it. Being in ignorance of its wrong ideas, it finds fault only with itself and guides and controls the storm by what intelligence there is in matter. Error will fault but cannot show any reason for its acts. After the storm has raged and destroyed the country, as those out of matter had prophesied, then the same ones who caused the trouble commence a war against the expenses the government have been to, to put out the fire these same persons have kindled. Error commences the trouble by exciting the minds till a phenomenon is produced. And while science is all the time trying by mild means to correct the lie, error is attributing the cause to science. After it succeeds in correcting the lie, then error berates it on account of the cost it has been to for nothing, trying to show that had the capital been spent in another way, how much better it would have been.
This is a fair example of how error works. When error is so subdued that science takes the lead, then the two characters will be recognized and kept separate and the acts will determine which is of science and which of error.
In order to show how error can invent a lie and have it admitted as truth, I have only to refer to the rebellion. Every intelligent person will admit that had there been no slavery in this country, we should not be engaged in the present war. Here we have a starting point—slavery. Now the idea slavery exists in the minds of man and every man individually will admit that he wants his liberty; yet, if everyone had his liberty as the world is now, there would be no liberty at all, for by abolishing all laws, perfect liberty would be granted everyone. Then might would be right and man is so constituted that the stronger would enslave the weaker. A compromise must be made between liberty and slavery. In this compromise, man has no right to bind or enlarge its bounds beyond the contract which is confined to what the parties agree to.
The United States has great extent of territory and it embraces the two brothers—freedom and slavery. To act on the agreement of equal rights as far as possible, an agreement was made that the majority should decide which brother should govern them when any new territory was annexed to the old homestead. As the party for freedom increased, as it always will, slavery being the opposite contracted with aristocracy and wanted that which it could not get by the agreement. These two brothers are elements in every person and the government is the voice of the one or the other. They are chosen as President or oracle to utter the voice of the people, and the people are the matter to be acted upon. Slavery is advocated and wants its power extended and all the elements of the institution are brought to bear to help its progress. Freedom also appeals to the people to prevent the spread of slavery. Now as freedom and slavery are wedded together, as it were, a family quarrel ensues and the children take sides with one or the other of their parents. Slavery is the father or brutal man. Freedom is the mother. As slavery has the brutal strength of the father, it endeavors to crush out freedom. But freedom having the sagacity of the mother is shrewder and keeps herself more on her guard, while slavery having no other motive than to rule tries to govern by its will.
Freedom is more powerful and is always on the lookout, while slavery being a brutal element has no regard to self preservation. Its motto is, Let us eat, drink and be merry and take no thought of the the morrow. So it does eat and drink till the flood of liberty comes and washes it away. Man’s life, his health and his happiness is as much a science as chemistry and his errors will submit to wisdom as much as they do in chemistry. Tell a person or a multitude of persons that you can raise a ship upon the hydraulic principle with a gallon of water and they will laugh you to scorn. You tell them, I do not wish you to believe what I say merely because I say it, as I can demonstrate it. Then when you show the experiment to be true, their mouths are closed and they bow in reverence to the law or principle.
[To be continued next week.]
Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, August 16, 2015
The religious world have made a man of matter and endowed him with these two principles, thus making the word of no effect by their doctrines, for wisdom is not of this world. Man is ever trying to make a wheat out a tare but Jesus never confounded the two together. He called them by various names: sometimes the rich man and the poor man, the law and the gospel and sometimes the difference was made in one person as Saul and Paul. Jesus was one character and Christ was another, but the religious people of his day and the Christians of ours had the same opinion of Jesus. They considered Jesus Christ was like George Washington, that is a single person with a double name. So it was with Paul. His other name was Saul. No one believes that Saul was the surname for it was the Christian name and Paul was the other, yet, they did not belong to the same character and we have Paul’s own words to prove this testament correct. We also have Jesus’ own words to prove that he was not God but Christ was.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Article: Two Brothers
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