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THE PURPOSE OF LIFE.

There is nothing in this world, perhaps, that is talked more of, and less understood, than the business of a happy life. It is every man's wish and design, and yet not one in a thousand knows wherein that happiness consists. We live, however, in a blind and eager pursuit of it; and the more haste we make in a wrong way, the farther we are from our journey's end. Let us, therefore, first consider what it is we would be at; and secondly, which is the readiest way to compass it. If we are right, we shall find every day how much we improve; but if we either follow the cry, or the track of people that are out of the way, we must expect to be misled, and to continue our days in wandering and error. Wherefore, it highly concerns us to take along with us a skilful guide; for it is not in this, as in other voyages, where the highway brings us to our destination; or, if a man should happen to be out, where the inhabitants might set him right again: but, on the contrary, the beaten road is here the most dangerous, and the people, instead of helping us, misguide us. Let us not, therefore, follow like sheep, but rather govern ourselves by reason than by other men's fashions.

It fares with us in human life as in a routed army-one stumbles first, and then another falls upon him; and so they follow, one upon the neck of another, until the whole field comes to be but one heap of miscarriages. And the mischief is that we perish by other men's examples. But we shall be healed if only we separate ourselves from the vulgar. For the question of a happy life is not to be decided by vote. Human affairs are not disposed

so happily that the best things please the most men. It is an argument that the cause is bad when the common sort applaud. The common sort find it easier to believe than to judge, and content themselves with what is usual, never examining whether it be good or not. By the common sort is intended the man of title as well as the clouted shoe; for I do not distinguish them by the eye, but I have a better and truer light: let the soul find out the good of the soul. Worldly felicity, I know, makes the head giddy; but if ever a man comes to himself again, he will confess that whatsoever he has done he wishes undone, and that the things he feared were better than those he prayed for.-Seneca.

THE WORLD OF THOUGHT

WITH EDITORIAL COMMENT.

PROGRESS.

With this number we close the series of articles on "The Religious Training of Children," by Abby Morton Diaz. The interest in the valuable teaching of this work has continued unabated, and according to present indications the work in book form, which will soon appear, will receive a very large sale. Many have declared it their intention to keep the volume always at hand for a guide in dealing with the intricacies of child education and development. This was primarily our purpose in giving space to the series, and we are gratified that the importance of the work is so thoroughly recognized by intelligent people.

Simultaneously with the closing of the above, we begin a series of five articles on the subject of "Concentricity: the Law of Spiritual Development," by J. Elizabeth Hotchkiss, A.M., Ph. D. This, it is thought, will prove of value in clearing away the fog and uncertainty of present beliefs with regard to the nature of spirituality and the true "saving influence."

Miss Hotchkiss combines the rare qualities of a deep and clear thinker along the lines of the fundamental principles of her subject, and the conclusive powers of a logician in reasoning out its thought expression, with a pure insight into the metaphysical phases of the ideas involved, and that absolute sense of justice in drawing conclusions which indicates the judicial as well as the logical and metaphysical mind. It is believed that the present series of articles will attract wide attention from advanced educationists throughout the world, and that much good will result in establishing the immutable facts of the spirituality of human existence.

In the September number we shall begin a new department to be devoted to psychic subjects and to matters which pertain to the psychic faculties. For several months we have been gathering material for this purpose; and

while entirely satisfactory subject-matter is difficult to obtain, owing doubtless to the generally incomplete state of the records made of such experiences, yet enough has come to hand to convince us that an exceedingly interesting as well as valuable department can be maintained in THE METAPHYSICAL MAGAZINE on this popular and attractive subject. It is beyond question that a better understanding of the psychic faculties of the human mind, which are always actively in operation with every individual, whether recognized or not, will greatly help in the solution of many subjects now puzzling scientific minds in every field of research. With sufficient time to develop the many phases involved in psychic action, an intellectual feast in this line seems not too much to promise.

These and other equally valuable features of progressive literature we have constantly under advisement and are gradually developing in the interest of our appreciative readers. There are so many important features to deal with that all cannot be brought forth at once; but as fast as may be possible we intend to bring each point of value, in the development of the metaphysical facts of this grand universe, before those who appreciate and care to understand the realities of their own existence.

Meanwhile the detail of all this effort entails a large outgo of money. As the negro preacher enjoined upon his congregation: "De water ob de Lord am free, my brederen; but it costs money for buckets to bring it in."

We are bending every energy and sparing no necessary expense to maintain in constantly increasing ratio a thoroughly reliable scientific periodical in the interests of freedom and upward progress in life. Every one admits that this is the greatest need of the hour. There is no other publication of its kind in the world. Is it worth while to maintain it? It takes a sacrifice, we assure you, in both time and money—a sacrifice gladly made so far as possible; but the limit of means at command makes it impossible to carry into effect much that is waiting to be accomplished, and the machinery remains stationary until the required lubricator shall arrive.

Few people consider either the cost of maintaining such a periodical as this or the necessary limit of its circulation. It is a special, not a general organ. Its progress modestly awaits the appreciative eye of the occasional one who is liberal enough in ideas to do his own thinking instead of being just "liberal" enough in this world's goods to hire some one to do his thinking for him, as too often seems to be the case, while he amuses himself with

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the pictorials and trifles of a life of sensuousness. "For wide is the gate and broad is the way, .. and many there be which go in thereat." THE METAPHYSICAL MAGAZINE appeals to “the many" of those who are at all interested in liberal ideas, but only to " the few" of the entire lot of "money-changers." Consequently its circulation must be limited in comparison to that of the magazines of the day which go into every hand; yet it costs just as much to produce plates for a limited as for an extensive edition, making the ratio of cost far in advance of the more popular publication. Now there are unquestionably a sufficient number in the world who would hail this periodical with delight and support it handsomely, enabling the carrying out of all the valuable plans that are awaiting means. These people are scattered through every community, both rich and poor. We possess no direct means of reaching the many of this class, who in turn have no knowledge to-day of the existence of such a publication, or at least do not realize its character.

Right here a work of the greatest possible value, alike to ourselves and to the world at large, can be done at once by every reader; and we venture to say that there is nothing else that can be done so easily or that will be productive of so much good, i.e., bring this periodical before the attention of others, in your community or elsewhere, who might become interested but do not know of its existence. This action, coupled with "the right word in the right place," will materially increase the circulation of the magazine, pleasing its founders and pleasing yourselves, as well as doing your friends an everlasting favor and widening the circle of interested and progressive minds to which you belong. Is all this worth an effort?

Why not make certainty doubly sure by sending in at once a subscription for an appreciative friend who perhaps would not take the trouble to decide, not yet realizing the importance of the teaching to be obtained? This will cost so little as not to be missed, and the next box of bonbons purchased will taste the sweeter for the "metaphysical sense" of having helped another to something more lasting even than bonbons. If you do this once we are almost ready to venture the assertion that you will like the results so well as to do it again at no very distant day. This most valuable assistance none but yourself can render. If we knew the interested people we could do it all ourselves, and so deprive you of the glory; but as it is, the privilege remains your own. We promise to spend every dollar that comes in this manner in

redoubling material and value of the magazine for your good, by putting the present and future advantages into operation. We are now doing all in our power without a more general response to the unavoidable demands of the worldly side of a business enterprise. What say you? Shall we double the subscription list and the usefulness of the magazine at once by each and all lending a hand? It can be done. It will be even easier than doing nothing, and the results will certainly be much more lasting.

L. E. W.

THE incarnation is not an isolated episode; it is the beginning of a perpetual work. God is still Emanuel-“ God with us." God has not passed through human life, entering at one door and going out at the other; he has come into human life, and is gradually filling it with himself.-Rev. Lyman Abbott.

THE longer I dwell in the East, the more I feel growing upon me the belief that there are exquisite artistic facuities and perceptions, developed in the Oriental, of which we can know scarcely more than we know of those unimaginable colors, invisible to the human eye, yet proven to exist by the spectroscope.-Lafcadio Hearn.

RUINS.

I stood amid the ruins of my castles in the air;

All my dreams, all my hopes, lay shattered round me there,

And I gazed with burning, tear-dimmed eyes, at the city once so fair.

Here was the stately temple I had built to the goddess of Fame,

That my praise might be sung in every tongue through the deeds of a glorious

name

With my temple prone I stood alone, and life went on the same.

There lay the altar of Love, the shrine of my heart's delight;
The echo of song still lingered among its ruins so ghostly white,
While I stood alone, with heart-ache and groan, in memory's silent night.

Behind lay the castle of wealth I had built to the god of Gold
A wreck so fair in the realms of air; it lay with its treasures untold-
Columns and domes of precious stones-while I stood without in the cold.
Behind and round me lay the wreck of many day-dreams gone,
But before stood the Angel of Hope; with her hand she beckoned me on
To a world more fair where my castles in air are waiting for me beyond.
-Josephine H. Olcott.

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