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Choose wisely

They say “If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas”. If you don’t want fleas, don’t lie down with dogs. If you don’t want negativity in your life, don’t hang around negative people. If you want more than average, stop hanging around average people. If success is important to you, don’t hang around with people who have no ambition. If kindness is important to you, don’t spend time with unkind people. Your friends and peer group are a great reflection of you, because YOU choose them. Choose wisely.

Jim Rohn once said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Now, many people will deny this fact, but research shows we are much more affected by our environment, and those around us, then we would like to believe.

The people around you MATTER..

If we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with, what if those 5 people we spend the most time with have no ambition? What if they are dragging us down? How can you get around this statistic?

Find a coach or Mentor. Find many coaches and many mentors. See, this also applies to the people you spend time with in LEARNING. If you listen to audio tapes or read books from great teachers on a daily basis, you are effectively spending time with them and they are influencing your life as well.

You must always surround yourself with those that are better than you in someway. Those who you can learn from in some way. That, is how you get better. Just like great competition brings out the best in great athletes, great people bring out the best in you.

Surround yourself with winners!

Surroundyourself with people that have things you want. With people that will force you to raise your own game. With people that will help push you forward. Not because they will give you hand outs, but because seeing them live life at that higher level will force you to get there yourself. Not because they will only ever be positive with you, but because they will always be straight with you. Winners don’t like hanging around with losers. You have to be on top of your game to play at the top.

They say if you surround yourself with 9 losers you’ll soon be the tenth. Getting comfortable is the worst thing you can do if you want to achieve anything of significance in life.

The comfort zone is great… if you are happy to settle for less than you can be. It’s not great if you want to reach your true potential in life. Get around those who are HUNGRY. Get around those who want to leave their mark in this world! Those who want to make a difference in this world.

They say misery loves company, well so does success! Success loves successful company, there’s just less to choose from.

There’s nothing better than getting together with a group of winners and WINNING!

If someone has the fitness, health and body you want… get around that person or more people like that. Soon their standards will become yours. If someone has the wealth, business, happiness or life you want – get around those people. Get around the people that are living at a higher level than you.

If you are only hanging around people who drag you down. Those people who can always find a reason why it CAN’T be done… that will also become your reality…You will never see a successful person hanging around a DREAM KILLER. If you want SUCCESS hang around with DREAM CHASERS. Find someone that is doing what YOU want to do. Follow them, consume their material, read their books, listen and LEARN.

The more you learn from these people the more you will become like these people. You might have to cut some negativity out of your life and it won’t be easy. But what do you want from your life?

Negativity is a virus. You must get it out of your life, otherwise you will be the one that suffers in the end.

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Top 10 Greatest Romance Authors of All Time

Romance fiction is one of the most popular literary genre. Who is your favorite author ? The link lists all time greatest romance authors. Jane Austen is ranked no. 1. Please, do check it out and make your own list.

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Can We Think The Pain Away ?

I have been thinking about it, lately. Can we think away the pain? The article – Pain is Weird gives a good insight concerning how to look at pain to understand it.

“The brain can’t be manipulated simply by wishing, force of will, or a carefully cultivated good attitude. The brain powerfully and imperfectly controls how we experience potentially threatening stimuli, but I’m sorry to report that you do not control your brain. Consciousness and “mind” are by-products of brain function and physiological state. It’s not your opinion of sensory signals that counts, it’s what your brain makes of them that counts — which happens quite independently of consciousness and self-awareness. This is why many wise, calm, confident optimists still have chronic pain.”

There are not just different kinds of physical pains out of injuries and diseases but are  mental traumas, several different painful experiences of world too, which are purely cerebral. It is not just that we fret over petty matters, sometimes turbulence in our daily life or dealing with day-to-day affairs might cause a great deal of suffering where initially there is no trace of any physical injury or ailment. If the problem persists for a long duration, we have to find a solution mindfully, as we can’t run away from it and there is a danger of falling into depression.  And this mental suffering somehow also starts resulting into some or other kind of disease . The severity depends upon the person’s ability to understand and deal with it. At its extremity, it can be life threatening. We are human beings after all. Sometimes even the solution can be grueling which demands a lot of courage. But we have to take the step. This is why challenges occur in life- to make us more capable of living. Easier said than done though. Apart from psychological anguish and sufferings , interestingly , even physical sufferings turn into mental sufferings. Physical pains caused by a disease or damage do have their psychology and greatly depend upon brain’s reaction towards it. This is quite obvious that physical and mental sufferings can’t be seen apart.

Hallucinating pain: Acute pain usually correlates well with tissue damage (although even horrible tissue damage can be surprisingly painless in the right context). As pain gets more chronic, the relationship often gets messier, and in some cases breaks down altogether. For instance, with severe central sensitization, pain ceases to have anything to do with tissue damage: these patients are hallucinating pain.

Developing confidence, changing social experience to change your brain, whichever way, seem to be a good idea and must be useful. Sensitive people naturally tend to feel more pain as we cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. That is why sensitive people need it more than others to look into it deeply and understand the pain.

“To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape.” 

~ Alan Watts

And as it goes the Zen way, pain and sufferings are a part or rather a way how life expresses itself. Accepting it won’t change the circumstances for sure but it will help mind to prevent the over-dramatization of your pain and increasing the severity to a dangerous level. 

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The Necessity of Disillusionment

It is advantageous to imagine the universe as a self aware system, and that we are conscious beings who experience reality as part of the universe’s way of perceiving itself. Animals and plants who have a different form of conscious awareness than humans have little difficulty perceiving the world objectively. They intuitively know what foods are safe to eat, where to find shelter, and to react appropriately in the face of danger. Humans on the other hand exist as a myriad of competing desires, clinging to their illusory belief systems and are thus largely responsible for the sad and sorry state of the planet in the present time.

The best way to restore balance to the planet and heal the wounds of humanity first and foremost, would be for its human population to begin the long and painful process of conscious disillusionment. We, as a species, need desperately to put aside our cultural conditioning and begin to see the universe objectively, as it really is, in all its terrors and joys, not just how we wish or believe it to be.

Even though the process of ridding ourselves of illusions is guaranteed to be psychologically and even physically painful, and it may seem that everything we hold dear is to be taken away from us, this process is necessary. There is no other way. We have lived as slaves to psychopaths in power for too long. We need to stand up and take back our freedom. There are more of us than there are of them, and our ignorance is their power. But we must first consciously choose to see reality as it is and the universe as a self aware system – of which we are a part – will ultimately reward us for our struggle and sacrifice.

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The Biology of Love

We all know that love, care and support can turn even the most negative person into a positive one , the person can start seeing the brighter side of everything even in the most negative situation while put-down , politics and abuse can hinder ones progress, destroy self-esteem and leave the one with the least desire to live. Let us have a look at the biology of love.  An interesting article. 🙂

What can our cells tell us about the importance of love?

Dr. Bruce Lipton sat down with Dr. Deborah Sandella to reveal how cells hold profound secrets of the heart.

What do your cells have to do with love? Molecular biology and romance seem unlikely bedfellows, but according to Dr. Bruce Lipton, a stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, it’s quite an affair. He calls it the “Honeymoon Effect.”

Almost everyone can remember a time when they were “head-over-heels in love.” During this juicy time of life, points out Lipton, our perception of the world expands and our eyes twinkle with delight. Our affection isn’t limited to our selected partner; rather we are in love with life itself and it shows.

We take risks to experiment with new foods, activities and clothes. We listen more, share more and take more time for pleasure. Lipton chuckles about how what seems hostile the day before becomes heaven on earth when we’re in love. We don’t even notice the aggressive drivers that irritated the heck out of us yesterday; today, we’re lost in daydreams and love songs.

The Vibration of Love

Amazing as it may sound, each and every one of our cells behaves like a miniature human, says Lipton. Inside you, fifty trillion minute human-like cells work together. Cells side-by-side helping each other accomplish pumping your heart, breathing your lungs and all the millions of tasks that need to happen. When we feel “in love,” our cells have the vibration of love too! Sounds pretty good!

It all begins with life, which is defined by movement according to Lipton. Proteins, the primal elements of life easily wrap themselves into organic wire sculptures and move in response to environmental signals. On the surface of each cell, receptor proteins receive environmental signals while the effector proteins transform into vibrations and transmit them to the brain where they are interpreted. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the difference between how these protein sculptures move when they are “head-over-heels in love” versus when they are irritated. We’ve been there!

In the eighties, when Lipton discovered that the cell membrane is its brain, his breakthrough research suggested that environmental signals, whether of love or another emotion, are primary in creating illness. He presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetic, which explores how cellular chemical reactions switch genes on and off.

Research in this area has found that stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression. Lipton clarifies that this new area of study reveals that environmental influences are more prominent in causing illness than genes. He says new cancer research suggests that genetic factors influence the occurrence of illness a mere 10% of the time. In other words, the perception of our environment is responsible for our body’s health 90% of the time.

The Power of Perception

Even more interesting, Lipton reports current research demonstrates how our protein structures are more highly activated by non-physical signals than chemical signals. In other words, our environmental perceptions have a more powerful influence on our health than drugs. Thus science is telling us, we have more innate capacity to heal our ills than the pharmacy.

With a tone of excitement Lipton notes, “ Wow! This means that people are not victims of their genes as we used to think. They can change their perceptions and thus change their health. Now that’s exciting! The old biology used to take away choice and control the outcome. When you tell people they are victims, their power is diminished. The work now is to help people change their perceptions so they can change their outcomes.”

How does it work you ask? The cell is a data “chip” by its definition, shares Lipton. Our perceptual memories and beliefs are stored in the cell membrane and constantly being transmitted to the brain for interpretation. The mind responds to these vibrational messages by creating coherence between belief and reality. In other words, when your cells transmit to your mind, the mind works diligently to create the same chemical reality in your body. Thus, if you believe you will get sick, your mind will coordinate your cells to make it true. And if your cells transmit signals suggesting you are vibrant and healthy, your mind again will go about making that happen.

This power of perception is demonstrated, says Lipton, in studies which found adopted children get cancer with the same propensity as their siblings who are raised in the same family, yet from different genetics.

Subconscious Downloads

In fact, Lipton reports, “medicine has acknowledged that illness is seeded in the first six years of life when beliefs are downloaded by the family into the child’s subconscious.” During these years, children’s minds are primarily in a theta brain wave pattern, which creates a hypnagogic state of mind. This trance state explains why children easily blur the boundary between fantasy and form. Walking around in a trance, young children absorb their parent’s beliefs into subconscious memory without question or discernment.

Lipton explains how these subconscious downloads work by comparing them to an iPod. When you get a new iPod, there are no recordings, so you can’t play anything. Once you download songs to memory, you can play the downloaded songs. In fact, they are the only songs you can play. There are plenty of other choices for songs, but you can’t play them on your iPod until you download them. Similarly, whatever has been downloaded into our subconscious memory and stored in our cells is the only choice available to be heard and seen in the body.

Other choices are not possible until they are downloaded as beliefs and perception into the subconscious. Thus, we automatically act out our parents’ beliefs, unless we are exposed to other beliefs or intentionally seed new beliefs.

A Shift to Love and Vitality

Lipton points out that the biggest problem is that people don’t believe they can change their minds and beliefs very easily. He suggests that if we teach our children in their first 6 years that they can change their minds and thus their bodies, an empowering shift to love and vitality can become easy.

Not only does cellular biology have something to tell us about love in our bodies, it also is very revealing about the nature of human connection, says Lipton. It’s called Biomimicry and is a new discipline in biology that uses nature’s best ideas to solve problems. Animals, plants and microbes have found what works, and we can learn from them. They demonstrate ways of functioning that have endured over 3.8 billion years of existence.

In Lipton’s latest book, Spontaneous Evolution, he and co-author Bhaerman suggest cells are smarter than we are when it comes to creating successful communities. They elucidate how cells organise themselves to have a monetary system that pays other cells according to the importance of the work they do and stores excess profits in community banks. They have a research and development system that creates technology and biochemical equivalents of expansive computer networks. Sophisticated environmental systems provide air and water purification treatment that is more technologically advanced than humans have ever imagined.

“No Cell Left Behind”

The same is true for heating and cooling systems. The communication system within and amongst cells is an Internet that sends zip-coded messages directly to individual cells. They even have a criminal justice system that detains, imprisons, rehabilitates, and in a Kevorkian way, assists with the suicide of destructive cells. Unlike us, cells have organized full healthcare coverage that makes sure each cell gets what it needs to stay healthy, and an immune system that protects the cells and the body like a dedicated National Guard.

Lipton makes an intriguing analogy between how 50 trillion cells in the human body work together for the success of the individual is similar to how 7 billion human beings could work together for the success of the planet. He points out we haven’t been doing such nearly as good a job as cells.

Lipton emphasizes that our individual mind like an individual cell has far less awareness than the consciousness of the whole group. When a cell fulfills its evolution, it assembles into colonies with other evolved cells to share and expand the capability of consciousness. There’s a “no cell left behind” attitude and the economic appropriation of resources to support the whole. Lipton says we would do well as a collective to evolve to such a high level of consciousness as our cells. He writes, “Science suggests that the next stage of human evolution will be marked by awareness that we are all interdependent cells within the super-organism called humanity.”

Rewriting our Perceptions

First, however, we must work in our own back yard urges Lipton, “We must change the evolution of our individual selves so the collective consciousness can progress.” He urges us to get our lives back by rewriting our perceptions so we can create that head-over-heels in love state-of-mind again and again and again. He encourages us to download new beliefs of empowerment and love into cellular memory, so our cells have new lovely tunes to play with lyrics that affirm our lovability.

Lipton calls the quest to continuously feel “in love,” “The science of creating heaven on earth.” And science has spoken about such things, writes Lipton. For example, HeartMath researchers have found the impact of love itself is real and biochemically measurable, “When subjects focus their attention on the heart and activate a core heart feeling, such as love, appreciation, or caring, these emotions immediately shift their heartbeat rhythms into a more coherent pattern. Increasing heartbeat coherence activates a cascade of neural and biochemical events that affect virtually every organ in the body.

Studies demonstrate that heart coherence leads to more intelligence by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system—our fight-or-flight mechanism—while simultaneously increasing the growth-promoting activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.” As a result, stress hormones are reduced and the anti-aging hormone DHEA is produced. Love actually does make us healthier, happier, and longer-living.

It turns out molecular biology and love actually is a match made in heaven. Dr. Bruce Lipton challenges us to study and understand how to experience that heaven on earth continuously, with dancing proteins on our cells that swoon and sway with love.

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The Lowest Animal

Mark Twain was not just the man of extraordinary wit but also of penetrating insight who often came up with witty yet sharp and even illuminating criticism and ridiculed hypocrisy in the society. This is one of his timeless creations.


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I have been scientifically studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that the theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.

In proceeding toward this unpleasant conclusion I have not guessed or speculated or conjectured, but have used what is commonly called the scientific method. That is to say, I have subjected every postulate that presented itself to the crucial test of actual experiment, and have adopted it or rejected it according to the result. Thus I verified and established each step of my course in its turn before advancing to the next.
These experiments were made in the London Zoological Gardens, and covered many months of painstaking and fatiguing work.
Before particularizing any of the experiments, I wish to state one or two things which seem to more properly belong in this place than further along. This in the interest of clearness.
The massed experiments established to my satisfaction certain generalizations, to wit:
That the human race is of one distinct species. It exhibits slight variations (in color, stature, mental caliber, and so on) due to climate, environment, and so forth; but it is a species by itself, and not to be confounded with any other.
That the quadrupeds are a distinct family, also. This family exhibits variations–in color, size, food preferences, and so on; but it is a family by itself.
That the other families–the birds, the fishes, the insects, the reptiles, etc.–are more or less distinct, also. They are in the procession. They are links in the chain which stretches down from the higher animals to man at the bottom. Some of my experiments were quite curious. In the course of my reading I had come across a case where, many years ago, some hunters on our Great Plains organized a buffalo hunt for the entertainment of an English earl. They had charming sport. They killed seventy-two of those great animals; and ate part of one of them and left the seventy-one to rot. In order to determine the difference between an anaconda and an earl (if any) I caused seven young calves to be turned into the anaconda’s cage. The grateful reptile immediately crushed one of them and swallowed it, then lay back satisfied. It showed no further interest in the calves, and no disposition to harm them. I tried this experiment with other anacondas; always with the same result. The fact stood proven that the difference between an earl and an anaconda is that the earl is cruel and the anaconda isn’t; and that the earl wantonly destroys what he has no use for, but the anaconda doesn’t. This seemed to suggest that the anaconda was not descended from the earl. It also seemed to suggest that the earl was descended from the anaconda, and had lost a good deal in the transition. I was aware that many men who have accumulated more millions of money than they can ever use have shown a rabid hunger for more, and have not scrupled to cheat the ignorant and the helpless out of their poor servings in order to partially appease that appetite. I furnished a hundred different kinds of wild and tame animals the opportunity to accumulate vast stores of food, but none of them would do it. The squirrels and bees and certain birds made accumulations, but stopped when they had gathered a winter’s supply, and could not be persuaded to add to it either honestly or by chicane. In order to bolster up a tottering reputation the ant pretended to store up supplies, but I was not deceived. I know the ant. These experiments convinced me that there is this difference between man and the higher animals: he is avaricious and miserly; they are not. In the course of my experiments I convinced myself that among the animals man is the only one that harbors insults and injuries, broods over them, waits till a chance offers, then takes revenge. The passion of revenge is unknown to the higher animals.Roosters keep harems, but it is by consent of their concubines; therefore no wrong is done. Men keep harems but it is by brute force, privileged by atrocious laws which the other sex were allowed no hand in making. In this matter man occupies a far lower place than the rooster. Cats are loose in their morals, but not consciously so. Man, in his descent from the cat, has brought the cats looseness with him but has left the unconsciousness behind (the saving grace which excuses the cat). The cat is innocent, man is not. Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity (these are strictly confined to man); he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing; they are not ashamed. Man, with his soiled mind, covers himself. He will not even enter a drawing room with his breast and back naked, so alive are he and his mates to indecent suggestion.

Man is The Animal that Laughs. But so does the monkey, as Mr. Darwin pointed out; and so does the Australian bird that is called the laughing jackass. No! Man is the Animal that Blushes. He is the only one that does it or has occasion to.

At the head of this article we see how “three monks were burnt to death” a few days ago, and a prior “put to death with atrocious cruelty.” Do we inquire into the details? No; or we should find out that the prior was subjected to unprintable mutilations. Man (when he is a North American Indian) gouges out his prisoner’s eyes; when he is King John, with a nephew to render untroublesome, he uses a red-hot iron; when he is a religious zealot dealing with heretics in the Middle Ages, he skins his captive alive and scatters salt on his back; in the first Richard’s time he shuts up a multitude of Jew families in a tower and sets fire to it; in Columbus’s time he captures a family of Spanish Jews and (but that is not printable; in our day in England a man is fined ten shillings for beating his mother nearly to death with a chair, and another man is fined forty shillings for having four pheasant eggs in his possession without being able to satisfactorily explain how he got them). Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is a trait that is not known to the higher animals. The cat plays with the frightened mouse; but she has this excuse, that she does not know that the mouse is suffering. The cat is moderate–unhumanly moderate: she only scares the mouse, she does not hurt it; she doesn’t dig out its eyes, or tear off its skin, or drive splinters under its nails–man-fashion; when she is done playing with it she makes a sudden meal of it and puts it out of its trouble.

Man is the Cruel Animal. He is alone in that distinction.

The higher animals engage in individual fights, but never in organized masses. Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and with calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out, as the Hessians did in our Revolution, and as the boyish Prince Napoleon did in the Zulu war, and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. Man is the only animal that robs his helpless fellow of his country–takes possession of it and drives him out of it or destroys him. Man has done this in all the ages. There is not an acre of ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle after cycle, by force and bloodshed. Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day he is always some man’s slave for wages, and does that man’s work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living. Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other peoples countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns, he washes the blood off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man, with his mouth. Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion–several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. He was at it in the time of the Caesars, he was at it in Mahomet’s time, he was at it in the time of the Inquisition, he was at it in France a couple of centuries, he was at it in England in Mary’s day, he has been at it ever since he first saw the light, he is at it today in Crete (as per the telegrams quoted above), he will be at it somewhere else tomorrow. The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out, in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste. Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal. Note his history, as sketched above. It seems plain to me that whatever he is he is not a reasoning animal. His record is the fantastic record of a maniac. I consider that the strongest count against his intelligence is the fact that with that record back of him he blandly sets himself up as the head animal of the lot: whereas by his own standards he is the bottom one. In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which the other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately. Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court. One is obliged to concede that in true loftiness of character, Man cannot claim to approach even the meanest of the Higher Animals. It is plain that he is constitutionally incapable of approaching that altitude; that he is constitutionally afflicted with a Defect which must make such approach forever impossible, for it is manifest that this defect is permanent in him, indestructible, ineradicable. I find this Defect to be the Moral Sense. He is the only animal that has it. It is the secret of his degradation. It is the quality which enables him to do wrong. It has no other office. It is incapable of performing any other function. It could never have been intended to perform any other. Without it, man could do no wrong. He would rise at once to the level of the Higher Animals.Since the Moral Sense has but the one office, the one capacity–to enable man to do wrong–it is plainly without value to him. It is as valueless to him as is disease. In fact, it manifestly is a disease. Rabies is bad, but it is not so bad as this disease. Rabies enables a man to do a thing, which he could not do when in a healthy state: kill his neighbor with a poisonous bite. No one is the better man for having rabies: The Moral Sense enables a man to do wrong. It enables him to do wrong in a thousand ways. Rabies is an innocent disease, compared to the Moral Sense. No one, then, can be the better man for having the Moral Sense. What now, do we find the Primal Curse to have been? Plainly what it was in the beginning: the infliction upon man of the Moral Sense; the ability to distinguish good from evil; and with it, necessarily, the ability to do evil; for there can be no evil act without the presence of consciousness of it in the doer of it. And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some far ancestor (some microscopic atom wandering at its pleasure between the mighty horizons of a drop of water perchance) insect by insect, animal by animal, reptile by reptile, down the long highway of smirch-less innocence, till we have reached the bottom stage of development–nameable as the Human Being. Below us–nothing. Nothing but the Frenchman.


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