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Preface Eight pillars First pillar – Energy Second pillar – Economy Third pillar – Integrity Fo!rth pillar – System Fifth pillar – Sympathy Si$th pillar – Sincerity Se&enth pillar – Impartiality Eighth pillar – Self(reliance The temple of prosperity
Preface It is pop!larly s!pposed that a greater prosperity for indi&id!als or nations can only come thro!gh a political and social reconstr!ction. This cannot )e tr!e apart from the practice of the moral &irt!es in the indi&id!als that comprise a nation. *etter la+s and social conditions +ill al+ays follo+ a higher realisation of morality among the indi&id!als of a comm!nity, )!t no legal enactment can gi&e prosperity to, nay it cannot pre&ent the r!in of, a man or a nation that has )ecome la$ and decadent in the p!rs!it and practice of &irt!e. The moral &irt!es are the fo!ndation and s!pport of prosperity as they are the so!l of greatness. They end!re for e&er, and all the +or-s of man +hich end!re are )!ilt !pon them. .itho!t them there is neither strength, sta)ility, nor s!)stantial reality, )!t only ephemeral dreams. To find moral principles is to ha&e fo!nd prosperity, greatness, tr!th, and is therefore to )e strong, &aliant, /oyf!l and free. 012ES 133E4 5*ryngole!,6 Ilfracom)e, England. 1. Eight pillars Prosperity rests !pon a moral fo!ndation. It is pop!larly s!pposed to rest !pon an immoral fo!ndation ( that is, !pon tric-ery, sharp practice, deception and greed. 7ne commonly hears e&en an other+ise intelligent man declare that 54o man can )e s!ccessf!l in )!siness !nless he is dishonest,6 th!s regarding )!siness prosperity – a good thing – as the effect of dishonesty – a )ad thing. S!ch a statement is s!perficial and tho!ghtless, and re&eals a total lac- of -no+ledge of moral ca!sation, as +ell as a &ery limited grasp of the facts of life. It is as tho!gh one sho!ld so+ hen)ane and reap spinach, or erect a )ric- ho!se on a 8!agmire ( things impossi)le in the nat!ral order of ca!sation, and therefore not to )e attempted. The spirit!al or moral order of ca!sation is not different in principle, )!t only in nat!re. The same la+ o)tains in things !nseen – in tho!ghts and deeds ( as in things seen – in nat!ral phenomena. 2an sees the processes in nat!ral o)/ects, and acts in accordance +ith them, )!t not seeing the spirit!al processes, he imagines that they do not o)tain, and so he does not act in harmony +ith them. 9et these spirit!al processes are /!st as simple and /!st as s!re as the nat!ral processes. They are indeed the same natural modes manifesting in the +orld of mind. 1ll the para)les and a large n!m)er of the sayings of the :reat Teachers are designed to ill!strate this fact. The nat!ral +orld is the mental +orld made &isi)le. The seen is the mirror
of the !nseen. The !pper half of a circle is in no +ay different from the lo+er half, )!t its sphericity is re&ersed. The material and the mental are not t+o detached arcs in the !ni&erse, they are the t+o hal&es of a complete circle. The nat!ral and the spirit!al are not at eternal enmity, )!t in the tr!e order of the !ni&erse are eternally at one. It is in the unnatural ( in the a)!se of f!nction and fac!lty – +here di&ision arises, and +here main is +rested )ac-, +ith repeated s!fferings, from the perfect circle from +hich he has tried to depart. E&ery process in matter is also a process in mind. E&ery nat!ral la+ has its spirit!al co!nterpart. Ta-e any nat!ral o)/ect, and yo! +ill find its f!ndamental processes in the mental sphere if yo! rightly search. ;onsider, for instance, the germination of a seed and its gro+th into a plant +ith the final de&elopment of a flo+er, and )ac- to seed again. This also is a mental process. Tho!ghts are seeds +hich, falling in the soil of the mind, germinate and de&elop !ntil they reach the completed stage, )lossoming into deeds good or )ad, )rilliant or st!pid, according to their nat!re, and ending as seeds of tho!ght to )e again so+n in other minds. 1 teacher is a so+er of seed, a spirit!al agric!lt!rist, +hile he +ho teaches himself is the +ise farmer of his o+n mental plot. The gro+th of a tho!ght is as the gro+th of a plant. The seed m!st )e so+n seasona)ly, and time is re8!ired for its f!ll de&elopment into the plant of -no+ledge and the flo+er of +isdom. .hile +riting this, I pa!se, and t!rn to loo- thro!gh my st!dy +indo+, and there, a h!ndred yards a+ay, is a tall tree in the top of +hich some enterprising roo- from a roo-ery hard )y, has, for the first time, )!ilt its nest. 1 strong, north( east +ind is )lo+ing, so that the top of the tree is s+ayed &iolently to and fro )y the onset of the )last< yet there is no danger to that frail thing of stic-s and hair, and the mother )ird, sitting !pon her eggs, has no fear of the storm. .hy is this= It is )eca!se the )ird has instincti&ely )!ilt her nest in harmony +ith principles +hich ens!re the ma$im!m strength and sec!rity. First, a for- is chosen as the fo!ndation for the nest, and not a space )et+een t+o separate )ranches, so that, ho+e&er great may )e the s+aying of the tree top, the position of the nest is not altered, nor its str!ct!re dist!r)ed< then the nest is )!ilt on a circ!lar plan so as to offer the greatest resistance to any e$ternal press!re, as +ell as to o)tain more perfect compactness +ithin, in accordance +ith its p!rpose< and so, ho+e&er the tempest may rage, the )irds rest in comfort and sec!rity. This is a &ery simple and familiar o)/ect, and yet, in the strict o)edience of its str!ct!re to mathematical la+, it )ecomes, to the +ise, a para)le of enlightenment, teaching them that only )y ordering one>s deeds in accordance +ith fi$ed principles is perfect s!rety, perfect sec!rity, and perfect peace o)tained amid the !ncertainty of e&ents and the t!r)!lent tempests of life. 1 ho!se or a temple )!ilt )y man is a m!ch more complicated str!ct!re than a )ird>s nest, yet it is erected in accordance +ith those mathematical principles +hich are e&ery+here e&idenced in nat!re. 1nd here is seen ho+ man, in material things, o)eys !ni&ersal principles. ?e ne&er attempts to p!t !p a )!ilding in defiance of geometrical proportions, for he -no+s that s!ch a )!ilding +o!ld )e !nsafe, and that the first storm +o!ld, in all pro)a)ility, le&el it to the gro!nd, if, indeed, it did not fall a)o!t his ears d!ring the process of erection. 2an in his material )!ilding scr!p!lo!sly o)eys the fi$ed principles of circle, s8!are and angle, and, aided )y r!le, pl!m)line, and compasses, he raises a str!ct!re +hich +ill resist the fiercest storms, and afford him a sec!re shelter and safe protection. 1ll this is &ery simple, the reader may say. 9es, it is simple )eca!se it is tr!e and perfect< so tr!e that it cannot admit the smallest compromise, and so perfect that no man can impro&e !pon it. 2an, thro!gh long e$perience, has learned these principles of the material +orld, and sees the +isdom of o)eying them, and I ha&e th!s referred to them in order to lead !p to a consideration of those fi$ed principles in the mental or spirit!al +orld +hich are /!st as simple, and /!st as eternally tr!e and perfect, yet are at present so little !nderstood )y man that he daily &iolates them, )eca!se ignorant of their nat!re, and !nconscio!s of the harm he is all the time inflicting !pon himself. In mind as in matter, in tho!ghts as in things, in deeds as in nat!ral processes, there is a fi$ed fo!ndation of la+ +hich, if conscio!sly or ignorantly ignored leads to disaster, and defeat. It is, indeed, the ignorant &iolation of this la+ +hich is the ca!se of the +orld>s pain and sorro+. In matter, this la+ is presented as mathematical; in mind, it is percei&ed as moral. *!t the mathematical and the moral are not separate and opposed< they are )!t t+o aspects of a !nited +hole. The fi$ed principles of mathematics, to +hich all matter is s!)/ect, are the )ody of +hich the spirit is
ethical< +hile the eternal principles of morality are mathematical tr!isms operating in the !ni&erse of mind. It is as impossi)le to li&e s!ccessf!lly apart from moral principles, as to )!ild s!ccessf!lly +hile ignoring mathematical principles. ;haracters, li-e ho!ses, only stand firmly +hen )!ilt on a fo!ndation of moral la+ ( and they are )!ilt !p slo+ly and la)orio!sly, deed )y deed, for in the )!ilding of character, the )ric-s are deeds. *!siness and all h!man enterprises are not e$empt from the eternal order, )!t can only stand sec!rely )y the o)ser&ance of fi$ed la+s. Prosperity, to )e sta)le and end!ring, m!st rest on a solid fo!ndation of moral principle, and )e s!pported )y the adamantine pillars of sterling character and moral +orth. In the attempt to r!n a )!siness in defiance of moral principles, disaster, of one -ind or another, is ine&ita)le. The permanently prospero!s men in any comm!nity are not its tric-sters and decei&ers, )!t its relia)le and !pright men. The @!a-ers are ac-no+ledged to )e the most !pright men in the *ritish comm!nity, and, altho!gh their n!m)ers are small, they are the most prospero!s. The 0ains in India are similar )oth in n!m)ers and sterling +orth, and they are the most prospero!s people in India. 2en spea- of 5)!ilding !p a )!siness,6 and, indeed, a )!siness is as m!ch a )!ilding as is a )ric- ho!se or a stone ch!rch, al)eit the process of )!ilding is a mental one. Prosperity, li-e a ho!se, is a roof o&er a man>s head, affording him protection and comfort. 1 roof pres!pposes a s!pport, and a s!pport necessitates a fo!ndation. The roof of prosperity, then, is s!pported )y the follo+ing eight pillars +hich are cemented in a fo!ndation of moral consistencyA( 1. Energy 2. Economy 3. Integrity 4. System 5. Sympathy . Sincerity ". Impartiality #. Self(reliance 1 )!siness )!ilt !p on the fa!ltless practice of all these principles +o!ld )e so firm and end!ring as to )e in&inci)le. 4othing co!ld in/!re it< nothing co!ld !ndermine its prosperity, nothing co!ld interr!pt its s!ccess, or )ring it to the gro!nd< )!t that s!ccess +o!ld )e ass!red +ith incessant increase so long as the principles +ere adhered to. 7n the other hand, +here these principles +ere all a)sent, there co!ld )e no s!ccess of any -ind< there co!ld not e&en )e a )!siness at all, for there +o!ld )e nothing to prod!ce the adherence of one part +ith another< )!t there +o!ld )e that lac- of life, that a)sence of fi)re and consistency +hich animates and gi&es )ody and form to anything +hatsoe&er. Pict!re a man +ith all these principles a)sent from his mind, his daily life, and e&en if yo!r -no+ledge of these principles is )!t slight and imperfect, yet yo! co!ld not thin- of s!ch a man as doing any s!ccessf!l +or-. 9o! co!ld pict!re him as leading the conf!sed life of a shiftless tramp )!t to imagine him at the head of a )!siness, as the centre of an organisation, or as a responsi)le and controlling agent in any department of life – this yo! co!ld not do, )eca!se yo! realise its impossi)ility. The fact that no one of moderate morality and intelligence can thin- of s!ch a man as commanding any s!ccess, sho!ld, to all those +ho ha&e not yet grasped the import of these principles, and therefore declare that morality is not a factor, )!t rather a hindrance, in prosperity, )e a so!nd proof to them that their concl!sion is totally +rong, for if it +as right, then the greater the lac- of these moral principles, the greater +o!ld )e the s!ccess.
These eight principles, then, in greater or lesser degree, are the ca!sati&e factors in all s!ccess of +hatsoe&er -ind. Bnderneath all prosperity they are the strong s!pports, and, ho+soe&er appearances may )e against s!ch a concl!sion, a meas!re of them informs and s!stains e&ery effort +hich is cro+ned +ith that e$cellence +hich men name s!ccess. It is tr!e that comparati&ely fe+ s!ccessf!l men practice, in their entirety and perfection, all these eight principles, )!t there are those +ho do, and they are the leaders, teachers, and g!ides of men, the s!pports of h!man society, and the strong pioneers in the &an of h!man e&ol!tion. *!t +hile fe+ achie&e that moral perfection +hich ens!res the acme of s!ccess, all lesser s!ccesses come from the partial o)ser&ance of these principles +hich are so po+erf!l in the prod!ction of good res!lts that e&en perfection in any t+o or three of them alone is s!fficient to ens!re an ordinary degree of prosperity, and maintain a meas!re of local infl!ence at least for a time, +hile the same perfection in t+o or three +ith partial e$cellence in all, or nearly all, the others, +ill render permanent that limited s!ccess and infl!ence +hich +ill, necessarily, gro+ and e$tend in e$act ratio +ith a more intimate -no+ledge and practice of those principles +hich, at present, are only partially incorporated in the character. The )o!ndary lines of a man>s morality mar- the limits of his s!ccess. So tr!e is this that to -no+ a man>s moral stat!s +o!ld )e to -no+ – to mathematically ga!ge – his !ltimate s!ccess or fail!re. The temple of prosperity only stands in so far as it is s!pported )y its moral pillars< as they are +ea-ened, it )ecomes insec!re< in so far as they are +ithdra+n, it cr!m)les a+ay and totters to r!in. Bltimate fail!re and defeat are ine&ita)le +here moral principles are ignored or defied – ine&ita)le in the nat!re of things as ca!se and effect. 1s a stone thro+n !p+ard ret!rns to the earth, so e&ery deed, good or )ad, ret!rns !pon him that sent it forth. E&ery !nmoral or immoral act fr!strates the end at +hich it aims, and e&ery s!ch s!cceeding act p!ts it f!rther and f!rther a+ay as an achie&ed realisation. 7n the other hand, e&ery moral act is another solid )ric- in the temple of prosperity, another ro!nd of strength and sc!lpt!red )ea!ty in the pillars +hich s!pport it. Indi&id!als, families, nations gro+ and prosper in harmony +ith their gro+th in moral strength and -no+ledge< they fall and fail in accordance +ith their moral decadence. 2entally, as physically, only that +hich has form and solidity can stand and end!re. The !nmoral is nothingness, and from it nothing can )e formed. It is the negation of s!)stance. The immoral is destr!ction. It is the negation of form. It is a process of spirit!al den!dation. .hile it !ndermines and disintegrates, it lea&es the scattered material ready for the +ise )!ilder to p!t it into form again< and the +ise )!ilder is Morality. The moral is s!)stance, form, and )!ilding po+er in one. 2orality al+ays )!ilds !p and preser&es, for that is its nat!re, )eing the opposite of immorality, +hich al+ays )rea-s do+n and destroys. 2orality is the master–)!ilder e&ery+here, +hether in indi&id!als or nations. 2orality is in&inci)le, and he +ho stands !pon it to the end, stands !pon an impregna)le roc-, so that his defeat is impossi)le, his tri!mph certain. ?e +ill )e tried, and that to the !ttermost, for +itho!t fighting there can )e no &ictory, and so only can his moral po+ers )e perfected, and it is in the nat!re of fi$ed principles, as of e&erything finely and perfectly +ro!ght, to ha&e their strength tested and pro&ed. The steel )ars +hich are to perform the strongest and )est !ses in the +orld m!st )e s!)/ected to a se&ere strain )y the ironmaster, as a test of their te$t!re and efficiency, )efore they are sent from his fo!ndry. The )ric-ma-er thro+s aside the )ric-s +hich ha&e gi&en +ay !nder the se&ere heat. So he +ho is to )e greatly and permanently s!ccessf!l +ill pass thro!gh the strain of ad&erse circ!mstances and the fire of temptation +ith his moral nat!re not merely not !ndermined, )!t strengthened and )ea!tified. ?e +ill )e li-e a )ar of +ell(+ro!ght steel, fit for the highest !se, and the !ni&erse +ill see, as the ironmaster his finely(+ro!ght steel, that the !se does not escape him.
life. and often is. First pillar – Energy Energy is the +or-ing po+er in all achie&ement. and he +ho tries to stand !pon it. let !s no+ see ho+ the eight principles operate. ?e does things +hile the other is r!))ing his eyes. and met and !tiliCed half a doCen opport!nities. The entire !ni&erse is a manifestation of tireless.hile the laCy man is +aiting for an opport!nity. is framed for action. . artistic. +ith the prosperity +hich. *!t I am not. is li-e the )ric. E&ery m!scle of the )ody D)eing a le&er for e$ertionE is a re)!-e to the laCy man.Immorality is assaila)le at e&ery point. harried. yet deserts it for gain in the ho!r of trial. in a +ord. the former is doing it.)efore the laCy man has ro!sed himself from sleep. 2oral force is the life of all s!ccess. can repent and )e restored. its opposing &ice )eing laCiness. then +e say he is dead< and in so far as a man fails to act. E$ceptional spirit!al s!ccess is rarely accompanied +ith riches. To the achie&ement of this end. no ref!ge and no rest< for him. dealing +ith the s!ccess of the saint or spirit!al geni!s )!t +ith that s!ccess +hich concerns the +elfare. 1ll things ha&e their end in action< al things are perfected in !se. so desira)le to the mass of man-ind. and +hen it to!ches the mind of the d!llard. . and it is fre8!ently necessary that a man sho!ld fail in one direction that he may reach !p to a greater and more far(reaching s!ccess. there is already a hole in his poc-et thro!gh +hich his gold is falling. the acti&e man has done a considera)le amo!nt of +or. . Energy is a moral &irt!e. and happiness of the )roadly a&erage man and +oman.+hich )rea-s on the first application of heat< he is not fit for !se. Inert coal it con&erts into fire. +ell()eing. it can )e c!lti&ated. indeed. a literary. a tro!)led. and +o!ld there)y consider that he had made a good )argain. 2. despised man.hen a man has ceased to act. and the !ni&erse casts him aside. yet financial s!ccess cannot in any +ay compare +ith it in greatness and grande!r. in that. +hile )eing more or less connected +ith money – )eing present and temporal – yet is not confined thereto. E&ery )one and ner&e is fashioned for resistance< e&ery f!nction and fac!lty is there for a legitimate !se. a&oiding the systematic la)o!r of s-ill. 2any a millionaire +o!ld do!)tless )e +illing to )arter his millions for the literary s!ccess of a Sha-espeare or the spirit!al s!ccess of a *!ddha. for he is a )eing.hile he +ho )egins +ith morality. The clima$ of fail!re is ine&ita)le. )!t e$tends to and em)races all h!man acti&ities. and the laCy man can )ecome energetic )y forci)ly aro!sing himself to e$ertion. +hen the )ody lies inert. It is the )asic element in all forms of action. sin-s into the morass of desolation. and all the f!nctions ha&e ceased to act. the laCy man is not half ali&e. This )eing so. If. Energy is.hile the immoral man is ch!c-ling o&er his ill(gotten gains. so that the pro&er) +isely p!ts it that 5The laCy man does the hardest +or-6. and +itho!t it there +o!ld )e no !ni&erse. 2an. in this )oo-. . for instance. E&en +hile his efforts seem to stand. and not for s+inish ease. . and not a )ric-< and he can li&e and learn. so that he may achie&e that more s!)lime s!ccess +herein lies his real po+er. no happiness. Energy is one of the primary forcesA +itho!t it nothing can )e accomplished. he is so far dead. or spirit!al geni!s sho!ld )egin )y trying to ma-e money. to his ad&antage and the )etterment of his geni!s that he sho!ld fail therein. no life. . they are cr!m)ling a+ay. E&en +hile the latter is tal-ing a)o!t the diffic!lt of doing a thing. it may )e. there is not e&en the ease +hich he co&ets. 1s a &irt!e. tho!gh inscr!ta)le energy. the acti&e man has gone o!t. there is no prosperity for the laCy man. mentally and physically. he )rings !pon himself the hardest lot. for he at last )ecomes a homeless o!tcast.ompared +ith the energetic man. and +hich partic!larly relates to that harmony of the indi&id!al +ith his circ!mstances +hich prod!ces that satisfaction called happiness and that comfort -no+n as prosperity. and +ater it transm!tes into steam< it &i&ifies and intensifies the commonest talent !ntil it approaches to geni!s. it t!rns into a li&ing fire that +hich )efore +as sleeping in inertia. ho+ the roof of prosperity is raised and made sec!re !pon the pillars )y +hich it is s!pported. and the s!staining element in all prosperity< )!t there are &ario!s -inds of s!ccess. yet not finally.
In so far as a man intensifies his energies )y conser&ing them. It is the concentrated po+der +hich dri&es the )!llet to its mar-.does po+er and freedom come. There are those +ho try. and is merely )arren empty. and so at last to re(fashion his )ase of action. 7nly to him that p!ts his hand &igoro!sly to some tas. he tries to ma-e !p for it )y lo!dly proclaiming +hat he has done. ?e is the tr!ly good man +ho. The man +ho applies his a)o!nding energy to )ad ends. /!st so far does he gain 8!ietness and silence. less speed6. therefore.itho!t a considera)le degree of energy. or co!ld do. E&en the men of contemplation and meditation ne&er cease to ro!se their disciples to e$ertion in meditati&e tho!ght. The call to action. and +hether it )e along material or spirit!al lines. Energy is the informing po+er in all doing in e&ery department of life. and no +or. for &irt!e does not only consist of not doing e&il. .the initiati&e to do harm is not to )e good< it is only to )e +ea. in its good and )ad aspects. 7nly to him that that is gi&en. yet fail thro!gh ins!fficient energy. m!st not only )e directed to+ards good ends. pains. and ha&ing no strength to anything. It +as the same Teacher that saidA 5If anything is to )e done. . It is the escaping steam +hich ma-es a great noise. 1t the right moment.there is little doing. and saints are precepts of doing. ha&ing the po+er to do e&il. and +itho!t it there +ill )e no accomplishment< there +ill not e&en )e &irt!e. The ad&ice of one of the :reat Teachers to his disciples – 5Feep +ide a+a-e6. The e$tremes of heat and cold here sym)oliCe the transforming agency of energy. he +ill t!rn ro!nd and c!t ne+ and proper channels for the o!tflo+ of his po+er. 5The greater the sinner. !seless< it can scarcely )e said to ha&e either &irt!e or &ice. of doing good. and is e8!ally good ad&ice to the salesman as to the saint. 4oise and h!rry are so m!ch energy r!nning to +aste.ith m!ch tal. is a call to men to ro!se their sleeping energy. This tr!th is )ea!tif!lly crystalliCed in the old pro&er). that +ill compel him to learn )y e$perience. Energy is po+er. . )!t also. *!t to lac. It is great del!sion that noise means po+er. Energy is ali-e needed in all spheres of life. the engineer and the merchant r!les of action. the great the saint6. and li)erty is the reaching of one>s fi$ed end. S!ch are not &icio!s.in hand. to )e prod!cti&e. The l!-e+arm stage is colo!rless.it &igoro!slyG6 The +isdom of this ad&ice is seen +hen it is remem)ered that action is creati&e. This is po+erf!lly p!t )y St. +ill )e latent and sleeping< there +ill )e no going forth of good. and +ill then )e /!st as strong in good as he formerly +as in e&il. primarily. /!st as there can )e no mechanical motion +itho!t the moti&e po+er.or-ing steam is not heard. and concentrating them !pon the accomplishment of his p!rpose. and )eca!se they ne&er do any deli)erate harm. it m!st )e caref!lly controlled and conser&ed.intelligently !pon this principle. . +hen his mental eyes open to )etter p!rposes. are !s!ally spo-en of as good men that fail.9et energy misapplied is )etter than no energy at all. and to do &igoro!sly the tas. that increase and de&elopment follo+ !pon legitimate !se. To get more energy +e m!st !se to the f!ll that +hich +e already possess. 5Eternal &igilance is the price of li)erty6. has. . *!t energy. and to do &igoro!sly the tas. sages. +ill )ring !pon him s!ch diffic!lties.to sho+. fr!itless. Their efforts are too fee)le to prod!ce positi&e res!lts. Physically a man. 0ohn in the +ordsA 5I +o!ld ha&e yo! either hot or cold< if yo! are l!-e+arm I +ill spe+ yo! o!t of my mo!th6. in response and calmness.in hand. There is no great )a)y than the )l!stering )oaster. 52ore haste. yet chooses to direct his energies in +ays that are good. and the man +hose energies are to )e fr!itf!l in res!lts m!st +or. is a call to men to ro!se their sleeping energy. +hich comes not only from the soldier )!t from the lips or pen of e&ery teacher in e&ery grade of tho!ght. lifeless.and po+erless. and not only are the r!les of the soldier. )!t nearly all the percepts of the sa&iors. 5The conser&ation of energy6 is a modern term e$pressi&e of that principle in nat!re )y +hich no energy is +asted or lost. at the &ery po+er +ith +hich the stri&es to ac8!ire his selfish ends. The ma$im!m of noise !s!ally accompanies the minim!m of accomplishment. tersely e$presses the necessity for tireless energy if one>s p!rpose is to )e accomplished. let a man do it at once< let him attac. and sorro+s. E&en the men of contemplation and mediation ne&er cease to ro!se their disciples to e$ertion in meditati&e tho!ght.hat good there is. he is )!t an infant mentally. there +ill )e no moral po+er.
Promptit!de 2. The laCy man does not +ish to )e employed.6 and the great !ni&ersal forces are ina!di)le. is the acme of concentrated energy. 2ainly. +aiting for some one to treat him to a glass of )eer.almness. and his loo.or ma-e it. +hile he. +orrying and tro!)ling the miscalls it striving. +elltrained. 1s he is prepared for all e&ents. )!t is foiled at the first attac-< yo!r !nc!r)ed energy cannot t!rn aside the +isely directed steam of his concentrated po+er. Indeed. Iigilance . for he has st!died +ell ho+ to 5agree +ith his ad&ersary +hile he is in the +ay +ith him6. . is ma-ing himself more !nfit to +or-. and therefore !nfit to li&e. *!t energy is a composite po+er. neglectf!l and !nprofita)le ser&ant. 9o!r imp!lse cannot do )attle +ith his deli)eration. ?e is in his element +hen doing nothing. 1ll +ea-nesses are )etrayed in his presence. in the co!nsels of his /!dgement. he has conferred +ith ca!ses. 3i-e a +ise general. ?e is ne&er ta-en )y s!rprise< is ne&er in a h!rry. is safe in the -eeping of his o+n steadfastness.5Still +aters r!n deep. ?e sees a long +ay ahead. ?e is 5armed at all points6. there can )e no prosperity. he is the man who is prepared beforehand. +anting calmness. li-e a +ell )alanced machine. *y a mental 0!(0its! ac8!ired thro!gh self discipline. It is irresponsi)le. the ne$t moment. at the door of the rich. . ?is chief st!dy is ho+ to a&oid e$ertion.at once fill yo! +ith shame. 4o energy means no capacity< there is no manly self respect and independence. 9o! may thin. E&en the e$treme Socialist. he con&erts into a friend. not more easy going )!t more deli)erate. and is more self possessed and manly. and )rings yo! )ac. and is s!re of his gro!nd. he has anticipated all emergencies. and ma-es profita)le !se of him. ?is neigh)o!r. The energetic man may pass thro!gh temporary periods of !nemployment and s!ffering. there is the greatest po+er. +ho places all !nemployment. only to find. There is a foc!sed mentality )ehind it. and has ca!ght the )ent of all contingencies. then.+ill not long remain !nemployed. ?e is !nfit and !nemploya)le. ?e repels.is a delight< and he +ho delights in +or. ?is energy is controlled and !sed. and he commands )y an inherent force +hich calmness has rendered ha)it!al and !nconscio!s. as disting!ished from the dead placidity of lang!or. pee&ish. and that he has got yo!. patiently disciplined mind. right minded men. falls and is a&oided. ?e +onders +hy his 5easy going6 neigh)o!r s!cceeds. does it more s-illf!lly. and +or. that yo! ha&e tripped in yo!r haste. +ho is al+ays h!rrying. and +itho!t it. and is so!ght after.to yo!r senses. for inertia is painf!l to him. )e s!re of it. so he is ready for all men< tho!gh no men are ready for him. Hiffic!lty. 1pproach him +ith a &!lgar familiarity. Physically fla))y and mentally inert. these 8!alities are contained in the fo!r follo+ing characteristicsA( 1. and they +or. . )!t they tell. ?is +ords are fe+. The man that stands many ho!rs a day at a street corner +ith his hands in his poc-ets and a pipe in his mo!th.almness is the s!re indication of a strong. ?e +ill either find +or. in agitation and e$citement the mentality is dispersed. or to accept it sho!ld it come to him. he meets opposition in s!ch a +ay that it destroys itself. To &egetate in semi torpor is his idea of happiness. ha&e h!rried yo!rself into the dilemma +hich yo! had prepared for him. irrita)le man has no infl!ence. ?is schemes are +ell planned. Bp)raid him +ith angry +ords. and the reproof hidden in his gentle reply searches to the &ery heart of yo!r folly. he is e&ery day )ecoming more some.tr!e.yo! ha&e got him. and so add one more to the arm of the !nemployed< for laCiness is one of the lo+est &ices rep!lsi&e to all acti&e. as the first and most essential e8!ipment.here calmness is. In&ol&ed in it are 8!alities +hich go to the ma-ing of &igoro!s character and the prod!ction of prosperity. It does not stand alone. The f!ssy. 1mongst the !nemployed +ill )e fo!nd many +ho are !nemploya)le thro!gh sheer lac. +hile the other man>s energy is dispersed and a)!sed.of this first essential of +or. gets thro!gh more +or-. The enemy. is the first pillar in the temple of prosperity. is little li-ely to find employment. )!t it is impossi)le for him to )ecome one of the permanently !nemployed. This is the reason of his s!ccess and infl!ence.energy. and ma-es straight for his o)/ect. Energy. In his meditations. or rather that yo!. and the fire of yo!r anger sin-s into the ashes of remorse. and not attracts. and is +itho!t force or +eight. The calm man -no+s his )!siness. )eing a calmer man. +o!ld discharge a laCy.
They are thro!gh. and the +orld responds. a man is a fool. )ecomes a n!isance. If yo! carry a)o!t +ith yo! a dist!r)ing or disagreea)le mental defect. The lac.hen the foolish man fails. Earnestness The pillar of energy is therefore a concrete mass composed of these fo!r tenacio!s elements. They can )e tr!sted to do their d!ty. and that impress is the determining factor in the attit!de of persons to+ards one another.e act. as po+erf!l acid eats into and disfig!res the finest steel. Its corrosi&e infl!ence +ill eat into all yo!r efforts. it needs not to )e named and -no+n to +or. For defecti&e cond!ct. Heli)eration and dispatch. end!ring. and +isdom. it needs no that those a)o!t yo! !nderstand it to )e infl!enced )y it. po+er. ?e m!st -no+ that +here&er he is – in the home. so folly is the other e$treme of +ea-ness. ?e is an e$ample to others of +hat they sho!ld not )e. . Vigilance is the g!ard of all the fac!lties and po+ers of the mind. serenity. he )lames other. It lies at the root of a great deal of fail!re and misery.3. )ringing yo! friends and opport!nities. 4o one +ho aims at any -ind of !sef!lness and prosperity Dfor !sef!lness in the )ody politic and prosperity to one>s self cannot )e ser&edE> can afford to )e asleep +ith regard to his actions and the effect of those actions on other and reacti&ely on himself. and p!nct!al are relied !pon. )ad< for good. alacrity is a sa&ing po+er. and a +hip to those +ho are inclined to shir-. They are a means of +holesome discipline to those +ho +o!ld not other+ise discipline themsel&es. in the schoolroom or )ehind the co!nter. 7n the other hand. often +itho!t -no+ing +hy. handmaids of promptit!de. .of &igilance is sho+n in tho!ghtlessness and in a general looseness in the common details of life. ?e is al+ays a fail!re. indifferent infl!ence and imperfect s!ccess< for s!perior cond!ct lasting po+er and cons!mmate achie&ement. I ha&e not yet met one s!ch. They all ma-e for life. and so is ass!red of s!ccess. Th!s +hile aiding their o+n !sef!lness and s!ccess. Th!s +e recei&e at the hands of the +orld according to the meas!re of o!r gi&ing. in company or alone.and !nsteady as to )e s+ept off his )alance )y e&ery g!st of imp!lse that o&erta-es him. Ind!stry 4. tho!gh I ha&e -no+n many +ho ha&e failed. Promptitude is &al!a)le possession. at +or. For )ad. . and is al+ays )ehind time. and sees no error in himself< )!t the +ise man +atches and corrects himself. and to do it &igoro!sly and +ell. They +ill )e dra+n to+ards yo! in good –+ill. and greatly aiding in the s!ccess of all yo!r enterprises.its poison !pon yo!r affairs. 2asters +ho are prompt are a tonic to their employees. It is the detecti&e that pre&ents the entrance of any &iolent and destr!cti&e element. and that good 8!ality +ill )e the most po+erf!l sport in all yo!r affairs. to others. )!t lea&es open the doors of his mind to e&ery nefario!s intr!der. The perf!nctory +or-er. and progress. +a-e !p to a sense of his personnel responsi)ility. and child that it to!ches. and there is no society that can recei&e him +ith respect. ?e m!st. at the o!tset of his career. if not go himself. It is do!)tf!l +hether a confirmed procrastinator e&er s!cceeded in )!siness. they contri)!te to the !sef!lness and s!ccess of others. the store. ?e is so +ea. +oman. ?e is ne&er on his g!ard. and promptness spells profit. and disfig!re yo!r happiness and prosperity. The fool allo+s his mind to )e ransac-ed and ro))ed of its gra&ity. 1s +isdom is the acme of strength. and are calc!lated to +ithstanding the +ildest +eather of ad&ersity. prompt. li)erty. are &al!a)le aids in the achie&ement of prosperity. People +ho are alert. It is the close companion and protector of all s!ccess. . In ordinary )!siness channels. for the fool is an offence to all men.itho!t this +atchf!l attit!de of mind. if yo! carry a)o!t an ass!ring and harmonio!s mental e$cellence. the p!lpit. It is for the reason that the c!lti&ation of good manners plays s!ch an important part in all coherent society. and there is no prosperity for a fool. Tho!ghtlessness is )!ilt another name for folly. capacity. It )egets relia)ility. good. +ho is e&er procrastinating. and /!dgement )y mean tho!ghts and &iolent passions as they come along to molest him. the co!nting( ho!se. and his ser&ices come to )e regarded as of little economic &al!e.or at play( his cond!ct +ill materially affect his career for good or )ad< for there is a s!)tle infl!ence in )eha&ior +hich lea&es its impression e&ery man. It +ill e&en right yo!r minor incapacitaties< co&ering a m!ltit!de of fa!lts.
and are therefore the richer. and cannot rest in ease !ntil the &ery )est is done. If the indeli)le impress of yo!r earnestness )e on yo!r goods in the one case. recei&e )ac. . +hat e&ent. 3. too. or for d+elling selfishly !pon their ailments and tro!)les. +hether in money. To tal. and people most employed )est retain their )rightness and )!oyancy of spirit. Things !n!sed tarnish 8!ic-est< and the time -iller is attac-ed +ith enn!i and mor)id fancies. They are so many that are careless and half hearted. They +ho are in earnest do not die< they +ho are not in earnest are as if dead already6. friends. . for that +hich is of s!rpassing e$cellence. it is to the effect that it is all too short to ena)le them to do all that they +o!ld li-e to do. or yo!r precepts +ill li&e. a deeply earnest man or +oman +ho did not fill s!ccessf!lly some s!ita)le sphere. 1cti&e people ha&e no time for moping and )rooding. to all opport!nities. happiness.and their character. Second pillar – Economy It is said of 4at!re that she -no+s on &ac!!m. and 5do not die6. yo!r )!siness +ill flo!rish.from the comm!nity their f!ll share of health. +hat circ!mstance. They are not al+ays the richest. +hat enemy shall o&erta-e him and find him !nprepared= . in their e$cellence. in the short life at his disposal. E&en e$creta are chemically transmitted. and -eep the +orld mo&ing. and in a +orld so flooded +ith reso!rces of -no+ledge +ith so!nd heads and good hearts can fill !p e&ery moment of e&ery day !sef!lly and happily. infl!ence.e li&e only in +hat +e do. Ind!stry. Earnest people ma-e rapid progress )oth in their +or. S!ch people are scr!p!lo!s. and if they refer to time at all. 5Earnestness”. and against all marring defects of character. has there)y a &al!a)le e8!ipment in the achie&ement of his aims< and if he )e f!lly ali&e and +ide( a+a-e on all occasions.of ha&ing to 5-ill time6 is almost li-e a confession of im)ecility< for +ho. promoted health and +ell )eing. and prosperity. Earnestness is the dedication of the entire mind to its tas-. . ?e +ho )!ilds it +ell. that the earnest ones shine apart as it +ere. ?e has an e$cellent sa!ce in recreation.The man +hose mind is &igilant and alert. intellect!al. +hether it )e in things material. 5is the path of immortality. stagnation and health are s+allo+ed !p in acti&ity and life. Th!s is the ma-ing and masonry of the First pillar e$plained. Things most !sed are -ept the )rightest. for stagnation only is death. or spirit!al. and the +hole +orld is al+ays on the loo-o!t to re+ard the )est. fame. and a good tonic in toil. It is th!s that they li&e. said a :reat Teacher. scope or life. ?is appetite and digestion are good. Earnest people are dissatisfied +ith anything short of the highest e$cellence in +hate&er they do. and they al+ays reach that e$cellence. People +ho ma-e themsel&es !sef!l to the comm!nity. and sets it firm and straight. if )y riches is meant a s!perfl!ity of money< )!t they are al+ays the most lighthearted and /oyf!l. She also -no+s no +aste.hat e&er yo! are – +hether shop-eeper or saintly teacher yo! can safely gi&e the &ery )est to the +orld +itho!t any do!)t or misgi&ing. and !tiliCed in the )!ilding !p of . and he +a-es !p early in the morning. It al+ays stands ready to pay the f!ll price. They are the gold of the nation and the salt of the earth. Iigoro!sly ind!strio!s people are the happiest mem)ers of the comm!nity. They are al+ays plenty of 5&acancies6 in the ran-s of !sef!lness and ser&ice for earnest people. conscientio!s. There ne&er +as.hat companionship can s!ch a man ha&e +ith moping and melancholy= S!ch mor)id spirits hang aro!nd those +ho do little and dine e$cessi&ely. if )y richer +e mean more a)!ndantly )lessed. and painsta-ing. or on yo!r +ords in the other. In the di&ine economy my 4at!re e&erything is conser&ed and t!rned to good acco!nt. and ne&er +ill )e. The acti&e man goes to )ed tired e&ery night< his rest is so!nd and s+eet. They )righten the daily tas-. and +here there is incessant progress and e&er ascending e$cellence. +ill ha&e a po+erf!l and end!ring s!pport in the )!siness of his life. happiness.hat shall pre&ent him from achie&ing the legitimate and at +hich he aims= Ind!stry )rings cheerf!lness and plenty. and the most satisfied +ith +hat they do and ha&e. fresh and strong for another day>s delightf!l toil. so satisfied +ith a poor performance.
The man +ho is to achie&e prosperity m!st )e +ell no!rished. principles into +isdom. as there is nothing )elo+. for he is in +ant. 1 modest and tr!e )eginning. and ho+e&er circ!mscri)ed that circle may )e it +ill contin!e to +iden and e$tend as the gathering moment!m of po+er presses for e$pression. for +hile they spend +isely they sa&e caref!lly. 2any a yo!ng )!siness man comes at once to grief )y s+agger and display +hich he foolishly imagines are necessary to s!ccess. The miser.acco!nt. Food represents life. lying idle. and his gold. !sef!l and good. and the notes he con&erts into the fig!res of a )an. "ime and Energy.oncentrate yo!r capital +ithin the circle of its +or-ing po+er. there m!st )e concentration. 1)o&e all ta-e care al+ays to a&oid the t+o e$tremes of parsimony and prodigality. +ill )etter ens!re s!ccess than an e$aggerated ad&ertisement of one>s standing and importance. so as to lea&e a margin of e&er increasing +or-ing capital. is depri&ed of its po+er of p!rchase. Food. The thrifty and pr!dent are on the +ay to riches. and )oth physical and mental strength. intelligence into principles. . 2oney spent in tho!ghtless e$pendit!re – in +orthless pleas!res or harmf!l l!$!ries – is money +asted and po+er destroyed< for. and e&erything a)o&e. !est. is rendered po+erless< that +hich is selfishly retained and hoarded !p. a po+er. and m!st not +ish. nor try to appear affl!ent )y attempting something far )eyond his means. !ecreation. his e$pendit!re in accordance +ith his income. and ma-ing it ser&e the ends of things )ea!tif!l. *y these con&ersions of money into more readily transmissi)le forms he is the gainer in the financial management of his affairs. The spirit!al economist transm!tes passions into intelligence. as in all else. gold for notes. not )y annihilation. altho!gh a limited and s!)ordinate po+er. That +hich is +asted. )!t not o&erfed. diminishes his mental energy. and s!stains his place as a +or-ing !nit in the scheme of things. +ith all his stored(a+ay gold. To sec!re po+er. The poor man +ho is to )ecome rich m!st )egin at the )ottom. in nat!re is a !ni&ersal principle. The financial economist e$changes coppers for sil&er. )!t concentration m!st )e follo+ed )y legitimate !se. the means and capacity for legitimate and &irt!o!s p!rchase is. sil&er for gold. in any sphere. )!t )y transm!tation. The man that star&es his )ody. m!st soon )ecome poor. the smaller sho!ld )e the sphere of operations. The gathering !p of money or energy is only a means< the end is !se< and it is !se only that prod!ces po+er. ne&ertheless. There is al+ays plenty of room and scope at the )ottom. ?e +ho is an$io!s to ac8!ire financial +ealth as +ell as he +ho +ishes to a&oid de)t – m!st st!dy ho+ to apportion. )y s+eetening and p!rifying it. and +isdom is manifested in actions +hich are fe+ )!t of po+erf!l effect. . +hether material or mental. and its transm!tations spirit!al. and grad!ally enlarge their spheres as their gro+ing means allo+. There is a middle +ay in eating and drin-ing. lothing. is e8!ally po+erless. )!t +hich. cannot )e said to )e rich. decei&ing no one )!t himself. and represents p!rchasing po+er. That economy +hich. The spendthrift can ne&er )ecome rich. and it is a safe place from +hich to )egin. Tr!e economy is the middle +ay in all things. lead 8!ic-ly to r!in. is in man a moral 8!ality and it is that 8!ality )y +hich he preser&es his energies. +hether of capital or mentality. The smaller the capital. +hether money or mental energy. )et+een +aste and !nd!e retention. 1n all ro!nd economy consists in finding the middle +ay in the follo+ing se&en thingsA( Money. 4at!re destroys e&ery fo!lness. and they sho!ld fit. or to ha&e a little store ready in hand for any emergency. &itality. +hether thro!gh miserliness or asceticism D)oth forms of false economyE. )!t if he )egin +ith riches.apital and scope are hand and glo&e. *y all these transm!tations he is the gainer in character and in the management of his life. or rather it is a material sym)ol of that economy +hich is p!rely mental. Money is the sym)ol of e$change. and . and one that enters largely into the details of o!r e&eryday life.ne+ forms. Financial economy is merely a fragment of this principle.
)!t not too m!ch. for it is +aste. 1 man>s dress sho!ld harmoniCe +ith his station in life.hen a man has done his day>s d!ty he can t!rn to his recreation +ith a free mind and a light heart. The ill(dressed. and can only lead to misery +hen made the +or.of life. comfort. they attain the ma$im!m physical and mental fitness. )!t sho!ld )e +ell +orn. )e ignored< and cleanliness is all important. People +ho do it are the most !nhappy of mortals. and it sho!ld )e of good 8!ality.!stom cannot. is to t!rn li&ing !pside do+n. and their spare money is +isely !sed in f!rther enhancing their c!lt!re and &irt!e. The o)/ect of recreation is greater )!oyancy of )oth )ody and mind. I -no+ a lady +ho had forty dresses in her +ardro)e< also a man +ho had t+enty +al-ing( stic-s. !n-empt man or +oman in&ites fail!re and loneliness. and is o)no$io!s to all +ho p!rs!e a moderate co!rse. It is. *y ta-ing eno!gh no!rishment. are co!rting po&erty. . a condition cond!ci&e only to fail!re. and to +hich a considera)le amo!nt of time sho!ld )e de&oted. for. and science are enco!raged there)y.lothing sho!ld not )e cast aside +hile comparati&ely ne+. Simplicity in dress.nor to recreation. It to!ches the point of e$cellence in !sef!lness. S!ch a man co!rts sic-ly mindedness. art. a means. 1n o)tr!si&e display in clothing and /e+ellery )espea-s a &!lgar and empty mind. as in other things. destroys himself )y e$cess. ?is )estialiCed )ody )ecomes a stored !p reser&oir of poisons. ho+e&er. and )odily grace. tho!gh it is fre8!ently +rested from this economic p!rpose. It is a tr!e economy in this partic!lar neither to de&ote the +hole of one>s time to +or. +hile his mind )ecomes more and more )r!taliCed and conf!sed. . and )espea-s tr!e taste and c!lti&ated refinement. . If a man )e poor. 1s sa!ce is an aid to digestion. lothing is co&ering and protection for the )ody. *!t &anity. they are ena)led to &igoro!sly and /oyf!lly fight the )attle of life. !ecreation is one of the necessities of life. and s!ffer from lang!or. :l!ttony is one of the lo+est and most animal &ices. and he sho!ld only t!rn from it at gi&en and limited periods for recreation and rest. Jich people +ho th!s s8!ander money on piles of s!perfl!o!s clothing. and of th!s a)andoning d!ty for pleas!re. for s!ffering a)o!nds and charity is no)le. and pee&ishness. and therefore more incapa)le. 2odest and c!lt!red people are modest and )ecoming in their dress. and )e +ell made and appropriate. enn!i. therefore. some forms of recreation innocent and good in themsel&es – )ecome so fascinating that they are in danger of ma-ing them the end of life. and need not. is the )est. 1 tr!e refinement is in the mind and )eha&io!r. as it +ere. Time spent in !selessly adorning the )ody co!ld )e more fr!itf!lly employed. The money so heedlessly spent co!ld )e )etter !sed. +ith no other o)/ect in life. not an end< and this sho!ld e&er )e )orn in mind. and )oth his +or. and +aste leads to +ant. and made a means of &ain display. leading to e$cessi&e l!$!ry in clothing. and it prod!ces monotony and ener&ation. . *eings th!s +ell e8!ipped )y moderation. Ed!cation and progress are of more importance to them than &ain and needless apparel< and literat!re. he +ill not lose in either self respect or the respect of others )y +earing thread)are clothing if it )e clean and his +hole )ody )e clean and neat. The t+o e$tremes to )e a&oided here are negligence and &anity. +ith an increase of po+er in one>s serio!s +or-. The )est +or-ers and most s!ccessf!l men are they +ho are most moderate in eating and drin-ing. to many.renders his )ody too enfee)led to )e the instr!ment for any strong achie&ement. To ma-e of life a ceaseless ro!nd of games and pleas!res. The gl!tton. is a &ice +hich sho!ld )e st!dio!sly a&oided )y &irt!o!s people. +hich attract disease and corr!ption. E&ery man and +omen sho!ld ha&e some definiti&e +or.and his pleas!re +ill )e to him a so!rce of happiness. and some doCen mac-intoshes< +hile another had some t+enty or thirty pairs of )oots. )!t to apportion to each its time and place< and so fill o!t life +ith those changes +hich are necessary to a long life and a fr!itf!l e$istence. a)o!t the same n!m)er of hats.as the main o)/ect of life. and a mind adorend +ith &irt!e and intelligence cannot add to its attracti&eness tho!gh it may detract from itE )y an ostentatio!s display of the )ody.
or depri&ation on the other. It +ill )e fo!nd as the sleeping ho!rs are shortened that the sleep )ecomes more and more so!nd and s+eet.1ll agreea)le changes is recreation and the mental +or-er +ill gain )oth in the 8!ality and.e sho!ld therefore see to it that +e do not s8!ander its precio!s min!tes in !nprofita)le +aste. ?e +ho is at his )!siness at si$ o>cloc-. health. and not to pamper !s in indolence. 8!antity of his +or. +ho th!s economies his time. E&ery self respecting h!man )eing sho!ld do s!fficient +or. )!t not too m!ch. People +ho are to prosper in their +or. of t+enty yearsG The lie(a()ed. and his rising !p fresh and )right. It is. say. happiness. The sl!ggard +ill ne&er o&erta-e s!ccess. The man +ho gets !p early in order to thin. *y going to )ed early. and only gets !p /!st in time to )egin )rea-fast. and getting !p early Drising a little earlier e&ery morning if one has )een in the ha)it of spending long ho!rs in )edE. neither sho!ld +e spend it in e$ercise or pleas!re. and of foc!ssing one>s energies so as to render them more po+erf!l and effecti&e. Fr!itf!l la)o!r. 1s +e do not spend all o!r time in eating or sleeping or resting. and lea&e him defeated. in accordance +ith the manner in +hich it is !sed< and to properly !se it. )!t fail!re +ill speedily catch !p +ith him. The day sho!ld )e di&ided into portions. and geni!s. leis!re. +ill al+ays other conditions )eing e8!al )e a long +ay ahead of the man +ho is in )ed at eight. the min!tes m!st )e seiCed !pon as they come. and prosperity.in the morning. . for his good ha)it sho+s itself at the end of the day in the form of a happy frame of mind. and nothing has )een accomplished. for once they are past they can ne&er )e recalled. Eno!gh sleep sho!ld )e ta-en. !est is for rec!peration after toil.e&ery day to ma-e his sleep restf!l and s+eet. the end of rest is accomplished.s-illf!lly and s!ccessf!lly done. 1n ho!r spend in this +ay )efore )rea-fast +ill pro&e of the greatest &al!e in ma-ing one>s efforts fr!itf!l. ?o+ can he e&er hope to +in +ith s!ch a self imposed ta$ !pon his time= 1t the end of a year that t+o or three ho!rs start e&ery day is sho+n in a s!ccess +hich is the synthesis of acc!m!lated res!lts. . 2oney +asted can )e restored< health +asted can )e restored< )!t time +asted can ne&er )e restored. .and plan. and e&erything – +or-.hen the )odily &igo!r is restored. gro+s old in hono!r and +isdom. and talent.)y laying it do+n at the time appointed for restf!l and refreshing recreation< +hile the physical +or-er +ill impro&e in e&ery +ay )y t!rning to some form of st!dy as a ho))y or means of ed!cation. )!t sho!ld gi&e recreation its proper place as a nat!ral tonic in the economic scheme of o!r life. and prosperity a)ides +ith him. presently finds himself old. he +ill do it )etter and more s!ccessf!lly )y !tiliCing some small portion of the day in preparing his mind for his +or-. and ease is only good in so far as it s!)(ser&es the ends of +or-. Sloth and prosperity can ne&er )e companions can ne&er e&en approach each other. has no need to h!rry. recreation – sho!ld )e attend to in its proper time< and the time of preparation sho!ld not )e o&erloo-ed or ignored. and the +a-ing !p more and more alert and )right. is the tr!e end of life. and +isdom. 1 perfect )alance )et+een la)o!r and rest contri)!tes considera)ly to health. and not ease. It is an easy matter to find o!t ho+ m!ch sleep one re8!ires. ?e +ho fills f!ll +ith !sef!l p!rs!its the min!tes as they come and go. for h!rry al+ays defeats its o+n end. one can &ery soon acc!rately ga!ge and ad/!st the n!m)er of ho!rs he or she re8!ires for complete rec!peration. is al+ays +ell !p +ith his +or-< he can +ell afford to )e calm and deli)erate. too. and in )igger res!lts in the shape of +or. that he may +eigh and consider and forecast. It is an old saying that 5time is money6. It is a means of calming and clarifying the mind. in the same +ay. meals. for he is al+ays ahead of the ho!r. The )est and most a)iding s!ccess is that +hich is made )efore eight o>cloc. The lie a )ed hea&ily handicaps himself in the race of life. and to do caref!lly and +ell +hate&er is in hand. . The early rise. than the man +ho li&es in )ed till the last moment. after he gets !p is al+ays in a h!rry trying to regain lost time.hat. +ill al+ays manifest greater s-ill and s!ccess in his partic!lar p!rs!it. and strength. The day is not lengthened for any man. ?e gi&es his early(rising competitor t+o or three ho!rs start e&ery day. o&er ind!lgence on the one hand. . ?e +ho spends his time in self ind!lgence and the p!rs!it of pleas!re. Jest is to fit !s for greater la)o!r.hate&er a man does. are )oth harmf!l. "ime is that +hich +e all possess in e8!al meas!re. +hich res!lts in more loss of time.m!st not gi&e +ay to igno)le ease and o&er ind!lgence in sleep. then. m!st )e the difference )et+een the efforts of these t+o men at the end.
)ad. 1ll great men are adepts in this )ranch of economy. Efficiency 3. of the lo+er energies.from scaling the high hea&en of his +ishes for achie&ement. m!ch +ill )e done in the conser&ation of one>s energies. to fill in e&ery +or-ing min!te +ith p!rposef!l tho!ght and effecti&e action. E&ery harmf!l self ind!lgence +ill come )ac. gi&e a man strength of mind. If economy )e practiced in the si$ points already considered. Jeso!rcef!lness . and in the estimation of others. and does only necessary actions. and m!ch po+er to achie&e. S!fficient energy is tho!ghtlessly +asted in )ad ha)its to ena)le men to accomplish the greatest s!ccess. and )ends them to+ards the main tas. e$citement. may )e regarded as a para)le. the actions. The Pillar of Economy. if controlled and properly directed. for the lo+er passions as nati&e energy< it is the a)!se of that energy that is )ad. and the higher achie&ements +ill ta-e care of themsel&es. and +ill al+ays ta-e precedence of him. and so gain the golden po!nds of good. 1ll &ices are a rec-less e$pendit!re of energy. It to!ches e&ery part of o!r nat!re and e&ery phase of o!r life. ?e also employs only necessary +ords. and different to lodge in their mind. It +ill )e seen that economy is something far more profo!nd and far reaching than the mere sa&ing of money. and so losing the po!nds. Ta-e care. +orry. ho+e&er. )!t a man m!st go still f!rther. complaining and en&y – +hich deplete the mind and render it !nfit for any important +or. and +ill hold him )ac. E&ery moment of riot or of pandering to his lo+er inclinations +ill ma-e his progress more la)orio!s. act carelessly and aimlessly. +ill ma-e rapid progress.to him in the form of some tro!)le or +ea-ness. therefore. he +ho economiCes his energies. +ill ha&e to )e sacrifice to the main p!rpose of his life. Foolish and !ns!ccessf!l people tal. )!t to ta-e care of it for good !ses is to store !p the pence of passions. )oth in his s!ccess. and if this personal energy )e ta-en care of and stored !p and transm!ted. if conser&ed and !sed in right directions. and the speech. The angry man is a strong man made +ea)y the dissipation of his mental energy. 7n the other hand. it reappears as force of character. Energy is economiCed )y the formation of good ha)its.carelessly and aimlessly. too. there +ill )e many things +hich a man +ill ha&e to eliminate from his life< some of things and p!rs!its +hich he lo&es.In the economiCing of time. +ill )e fo!nd to )e composed largely of these fo!r 8!alitiesA( 1. anger. and it plays an important part in the ma-ing of their greatness. The energy +asted in fre8!ent fits of )ad temper +o!ld. 2oderation 2. The calm man is al+ays his s!perior in any department of life. eliminating from them all that is s!perfl!o!s. th!s &astly minimiCing friction and +aste of po+er. The old saying. +hen so!ndly )!ilt. apparently small +ill tell against him in the )attle of life. The st!died elimination of non(essentials from one>s daily life is a &ital factor in all great achie&ement. and nothing +ill pre&ent him from reaching the golden city of s!ccess. It is a form of economy +hich also enters into the mind. )!t also all those mental &ices s!ch as h!rry. and does not s!)(ser&e. force of character. and that impedes. 5Ta-e care of the pence. and allo+ e&erything that comes along good. The mind of the tr!e economist is a sie&e +hich lets e&erything fall thro!gh e$cept that +hich is of !se to him in the )!siness of his life. To +aste this &al!a)le energy in the p!rs!it of &ice is li-e +asting the pence. and caref!lly h!s)and his &itality )y the a&oidance of all forms of physical self ind!lgences and imp!rities. and the po!nds +ill ta-e care of themsel&es6. They are common forms of mental dissipation +hich a man of character sho!ld st!dy ho+ to a&oid and o&ercome.of his life. this is the tr!e economy of time. ?e needs self control to manifest his strength.or admira)le achie&ement. 4o man can afford to disperse his energies in fostering )ad ha)its and )ad tendencies of mind. despondency. To go to )ed )etime and to get !p )etime. E&ery &ice. the end aimed at. and desires to retain.
S-ill is the res!lt of that mental economy +hich transm!tes tho!ght into in&ention and action. It reappears in the form of fr!itf!l tho!ght. 1imless and inattenti&e people are !s!ally o!t of employment – to +it. *y moderation the life forces are preser&ed< )y e$cess they are destroyed. Employers of la)o!r -no+ ho+ diffic!lt it is to get the )est +or-manship. This is an instance. The inefficient )!ngle conf!sedly a)o!t among the tho!sand +rong +ays.isdom is the highest form of s-ill. The good +or-man. the lo!nger at the street corner. sn!ff ta-ing. the inefficient fall in to their right places. a&oiding all !n+holesome e$tremes and mor)id sensations and sentiments. . The good +or-man is s-illf!l. Jeso!rcef!lness has its f!ndamental ca!se in the conser&ation of energy. )!t the man had refrained from +or. and a tho!sand +rong +ays. S!perior s-ill. )eca!se the mind is almost ceaselessly centered !pon it. happiness and s!ccess. he co!ld not follo+ the simple instr!ctions gi&en. It a&oids e$tremes. ho!seholds. of the fact that the simplest thing re8!ires a meas!re of s-ill in the doing. Tho!ghtlessness and inefficiency are all too common. Jecently an ac8!aintance of mine employed a tramp to clean his +indo+s. It also consists in a)staining from the !nnecessary and the harmf!l. for energy can ne&er )e destroyed or lost. *y a process of nat!ral selection. do his +or. 2en are al+ays s-illf!l in that +hich they lo&e. !esourcefulness is the o!tcome of efficiency. It is an important element in prosperity. 7riginality Moderation is the strong core of economy. and adhering to it. E&il is a fire that +ill )!rn a man tho!gh he )!t to!ch it. reach only. 1ptit!de in incipient +isdom. +ill al+ays find a place for the e$ercise of his s-ill. +hile the good man is s-illf!l +ith his tho!ghts.4. and +ill )e on his feet again immediately. that they -no+ )est. E&en +hen sho+n ho+ to do it. S-ill is gained )y tho!ghtf!lness and attention.and systematic tho!ght for so long that he had )ecome incapa)le of )oth. There is plenty of room in the +orld for tho!ghtf!l and efficient people. ?e may ha&e many falls. e&en tho!gh it )e only to learn ho+ to clean a +indo+ or s+eep a floor.properly= 1n employer may occasionally -eep s!ch a man o!t of charity< )!t this +ill )e e$ceptional< as places of )!siness. and fail!re. It is not a moderate !se of fire to p!t o!r hands into it. It )ecomes prod!cti&e energy. and co!ld not e&en clean a +indo+. )!t to +arm them )y it at a safe distance.hen a man c!ts off certain mental or )odily &ices +hich ha&e )een depleting him of his energy. offices. and do not adopt the right e&en +hen it is pointed o!t to them. add -no+ledge and +isdom to happiness and health. altho!gh they ha&e dragged tho!sands do+n to ill health. happy. +hether +ith speech or tho!ght. ?ealthy. There is one right +ay of doing e&erything. They +ea-en their energies and st!ltify their capa)ilities. Smo-ing. There +ill )e no prosperity +itho!t s-ill. is a higher degree of concentrated force. in their ignorance. They do this in some cases )eca!se they thin-. 2en. There is plenty of room in the +orld for common. +hat )ecomes of the energy so conser&ed= It is not destroyed or lost. for the reso!rcef!l man is ne&er confo!nded. The &irt!o!s man is al+ays more s!ccessf!l than the &icio!s man . )eca!se they +ill not ro!se !p the mind to tho!ght and attention. )!t ind!strial )odies +hich stand or fall )!t the fitness and efficiency of their indi&id!al mem)ers. +ho carry moderation into their tho!ghts. and all centers of organiCed acti&ity. . The man +ho esche+s them +ill al+ays )e head of the man that p!rs!es them. too. and one>s prosperity +ill )e in the meas!re of one>s s-ill. a harmf!l l!$!ry is )est left se&erely alone. 1mong the )adly paid or !nemployed< for +ho +ill employ a man +ho cannot. misery. Efficiency largely determines a man>s place among his fello+s. 1ll s-ill is the !se of concentrated energy. The immoderate destroy themsel&es )y their o+n folly. e&en the smallest. +ith his tools. or +ill not. also. Efficiency proceeds from the right conser&ation of one>s forces and po+ers. 1 tr!e moderation a)stains from e&il. finding the middle +ay in all things. and leads one on )y steps to higher and higher positions as greater po+ers are de&eloped. alcoholic drin-ing. +hether +ith tools or )rain. their talents and opport!nities )eing e8!al. for that +o!ld )e e$cess. at )est. and there)y attain to the highest felicity and po+er. are not charita)le instit!tions. It is energy transm!ted. a fitf!l and precario!s prosperity. there)y placing themsel&es in a position +here it )ecomes impossi)le to learn. S-ill consists in finding the one right +ay. ha&e ne&er helped one to+ards health. allaying their passions and feelings. and instead of achie&ing an a)iding s!ccess. and other s!ch common &ices. and long li&ed people are al+ays moderate and a)stemio!s in their ha)its. There can )e no s!ch things as moderation in that +hich is e&il. as talent and geni!s. )!t he +ill al+ays )e e8!al to the occasion. They cannot do the simplest thing properly. gam)ling.
. 5I am a)o!t to )ecome a geni!sG. for they are in the stream of progress. he sho!ld not sla&ishly imitate them.hile learning from others. The reso!rcef!l men in&ent. and applied to the forces of the !ni&erse. 1 ne+ life and a ne+ +orld. e&er can )e gained. not only +ith intelligent la)or. and +hich affords refreshment. or trying to get. #riginality is reso!rcef!lness ripened and perfected. *arren minds sin. and there is no room in it for the emptiness engendered )y &ice. and so ma-e it ne+ and original. . and men of geni!s are the lights of the +orld. +hile in spirit!al things it )ecomes the doing to others that +hich +e +o!ld ha&e them do to !s. and s!pplies ne+ &igo!r. ?e can t!rn from &ice to &irt!e. . )y fra!d.hen a man fails to impro&e his )!siness. . 1ll +ho are getting.!pon his o+n reso!rces in the doing it. *!t the )arren mind +ill not sin. the &irt!o!s man !ses in fr!itf!l ind!stry. ?is mind has )ecome stiff and inert li-e the )ody of an aged man. 2en +ho are an$io!sly scheming ho+ to get money +itho!t +or-ing for it. st!dy ho+ to gi&e a /!st ret!rn for that +hich he recei&es.hate&er +or. +hether material or mental. so the fra!d cannot prosper. )!t they are al+ays !ltimately accepted. )y ascending in the scale of s-ill )y the f!ll and right !se of one>s mental po+ers. 5I am a)o!t to )ecome a geni!s6 +ill at least disco&er.hat the &icio!s man +astes in )arren ind!lgence. and more )eneficent +ays. to )e again ret!rned +ith hea&y interest. ?is entire mentality is ali&e and &igoro!s. !nla+f!lly= The man that co!rts prosperity m!st.hen it +ills. too. and their life is so m!ch f!ller and richer there)y. li-e *alCac +ho.for e&er. !hird pillar – "ntegrity There is no stri-ing a cheap )argain +ith prosperity. 7riginal men get the ear of the +orld. higher. *arren seed perishes in the earth< there is no place for it in the fr!itf!l economy of nat!re. concentrate all his energies !pon it. and mentally they are closely allied to the thief and s+indler !nder +hose infl!ence they come. after many years of stren!o!s toil. one day e$claimed. so consecrated.a man does.in the str!ggle of life. and )ecome patterns for man-ind. in all his transactions. 4othing is e&er gained. he ta-es his place as a leader among men in his partic!lar department of -no+ledge and s-ill. it is scientifically stated in the form!la. his methods. They cannot fail. ?e ma-es a fe&erish sp!rt in the ac8!irement of money. disco&er.hat is a thief )!t a man +ho carries to its logical e$treme the desire to possess +itho!t gi&ing a /!st ret!rn – that is. 1 reso!rcef!l mind is li-e a ri&er +hich ne&er r!ns dry. )!t +ith moral force. that he has /oined the company of original minds. )!t sho!ld p!t himself into his +or-. and men of ne+ ideas flo!rish +here others fade and decay. . !pon his o+n reso!rces. It is )!t +rested for a time. he can rise again. open !p to the man +ho sh!ts himself off from the old +orld of animal &ice. . They may )e neglected at first. money +itho!t gi&ing an e8!i&alent are practicing fra!d. he sho!ld fall )ac. and so fails to -eep pace +ith the rapidly mo&ing ideas and plans of reso!rcef!l minds. They are f!ll of ne+ schemes.man +ho +ill s-illf!lly apply his mental energies. and then collapses.hat is a thief )!t a man +ho carries to its logical or later. 2en of reso!rces are men of ne+ ideas. . *y the &ery nat!re of e$istence. and +ho depri&es them of their capital. ne+ methods. Its )!ilding a+aits the ready +or. self respecting and sec!re. This is the great f!ndamental principle in all so!nd commerce. ne+ hopes. They are men of s!pple minds. in times of dro!ght. the gods +ho lead man-ind into ne+er. 7nce a man has ac8!ired the -nac. sooner or later.)eca!se he is teeming +ith reso!rces. . 3et a man consecrate himself to his +or-. a)o!nding +ith all fascinating p!rs!its and p!re delights. ?!man society ma-es for good. The composition of the Second Pillar is th!s re&ealed.here there is originality there is geni!s. and has )eg!n to fail.of originality. . initiate. +hether they -no+ it or not. and +ho depri&es them of their capital. *!t originality cannot )e forced< it can only )e de&eloped< and it is de&eloped )y proceeding from e$cellence to e$cellence. the &icio!s man must fall< )!t ha&ing fallen. it can )ecome fr!itf!l and regain itself. 51ction and Jeaction are e8!al. a)o!nding +ith stored !p energy. and stand. and the day +ill come +hen the +orld +ill hail him as one of its strong sons< and he. his +or-. are fra!ds. and his place +ill )e ass!red )y the reso!rces +hich +ill +ell !p +ithin him. as the )!))le cannot end!re. to his /oy. *!t fra!d is not confined to the !nscr!p!lo!s s+indler. It m!st )e p!rchased. let him. )y the eternal la+ of progress.6 . he falls o!t of the line of progress.
)!t to gain and /oy< that honesty and depri&ation are not. related as ca!se and effect. and its in&inci)le strength. It is this +illingness to sacrifice rather than )e !ntr!e that leads to enlightenment in all spheres of life< and the man +ho. There +ill come a time. there)y ro))ing his employer of the time and la)o!r for +hich he is paid – +ill 8!ic-ly come to the )arren region of !nemployment. To )e complete and strong. and disco&er the glad tr!th that integrity does not lead to loss and s!ffering.hristians as an impostor. The shir-er. . than he can fo!nd a religion or )!ild a )ric. 51n impostor fo!nd a religionG 1n impostor co!ldn>t )!ilt a )ric. rather than sacrifice some selfish aim. ?e is too far )ehind in the process of e&ol!tion to cope s!ccessf!lly +ith honest man. and to stand e$posed to the onsla!ghts of e&il. ?is end.in &ain for needf!l la)o!r. integrity m!st em)race the +hole man. too. al+ays s!r&i&e. +ord.into o)li8!ity. their strength +ill )e greatly a!gmented. arises +ithin him. +ill 8!ic-ly lead him into the fertile regions of prosperity. )!t all his energies are )ent on !ndermining +hat others ha&e )!ilt.arlyle +ho. and +hich no tempest can la+ lo+. and stamps it hall mar. is s!re it is the goal. To fail in one point is to fail in all. and he there)y destroys himself. and he m!st stand firmly )y the principle. referring to 2ohammed )eing then !ni&ersally regarded )y . on the other hand – he +ho does not scr!ple to neglect his +or. and ta-es his place lo+er do+n among the de&otees of deceit. a liar a cheat the man of dishonesty cannot )!ild as he has neither tools or material +ith +hich to )!ild. It +as . a s!ccess. openly. +ill not long remain in an inferior position. among the doers of shady transactions. The fittest.ho!se6 an impostor. the deadly effects of s!ch moral t!rpit!de.itho!t integrity. has forfeited his right to moral enlightenment. +ill lie or decei&e. not rapacio!s. ?e not only does not )!ild. shall !ndermine the man of !n)lemished integrity= ?e is li-e a strong tree +hose roots are fed )y perennial springs. For the man of integrity is in line +ith the fi$ed la+s of things – not only +ith the f!ndamental principles on +hich h!man society rests. than men of no character and no rep!tation. the filthy ho&el. and he )eing the +orst. S!ch integrity in d!ty.ho. . or act< !ntil he sees. There is not an occasion in life in +hich the moral factor does not play an important part. +hen it +ill seem necessary to his prospects and prosperity that he sho!ld tell a lie or do a dishonest thing – I say. and not constr!cti&e. The man +ho +or-s as caref!lly and conscientio!sly +hen his employer is a+ay as +hen his eye is !pon him. )eing +illing to lose and s!ffer rather than sin. for a man of fi$ed and enlightened integrity -no+s that lying and dishonesty can ne&er !nder any circ!mstance )e necessary.on all transactions< and it does this )eca!se of its +onderf!l coherence and consistency. then. ho+soe&er necessary and insignificant it may appear. and +ill loo. ?e can no more )!ild !p a )!siness. !nless the change in time. )!t +ith the la+s +hich hold the &ast !ni&erse together. far a+ay from the path of prosperity. energy and economy +ill at last fail. and therefore he neither needs to )e tempted in this partic!lar. is to thro+ do+n the shield of integrity. and to admit. Sterling integrity tell +here&er it is. a career. ?is efforts are destr!cti&e. and cannot )e. clearly. or the place of the deserted o!tcast. and e$tend to all the details of his life< and it m!st )e so thro!gh and permanent as to +ithstand all temptations to s+er&e into compromise.+hen his employer is not a)o!t. 1 man is not tr!ly armo!red +ith integrity !ntil he has )ecome incapa)le of lying or decei&ing either )y gest!re. !nder stress. nor can he possi)ly )e tempted )!t the one so tempted m!st )e a)le to cast aside the s!)tle insin!ation of falsehood +hich. and freed from all do!)t. )!t his )eing impossi)le. to the man +ho is not deeply rooted in this principle. and the man +ho regards all others as his legitimate prey +ill soon find himself stranded in the desert of r!in. a compromise +ith falsehood. cannot therefore contin!e. the )est. in a time of indecision and perple$ity. The man so . to the man +ho is not deeply rooted in integrity. )!t aided )y integrity. he !ndermines himself. a character. in performing the details of his +or-.ho!se. e$claimed. In this +ay only can he )ecome enlightened concerning this moral principle.ho shall set these at na!ght= .?!man life is reciprocal.
and that he is not so )ad as his neigh)o!r. Jectit!de leads straight to prosperity )y fo!r s!ccessi&e steps. a statement of ignorance. I once heard a )!sinessman ma-e the follo+ing statement in a p!)lic meetingA(54o man can )e entirely honest in )!siness< he can only )e appro$imately honest. too. they p!t tr!st in him. those co+ard &ices slin. pre&ented him from seeing this. a good rep!tation spreads f!rther and f!rther. seeing that he has ne&er tried honest= 2oreo&er. The man of geni!s may )e &ery !nhappy. and these )ring a)o!t a )ad rep!tation. the +ea. . ?is clear eye and open hand shame the creeping fra!d so that he cannot practice his fra!d on him. e&en tho!gh they ma-e an e$ception in yo!r fa&or to al their r!les of trade. and they tr!st him. 1s the liar thin-s all men are liars. )!t not to the man of integrity. +ill de&iate more. It only needs the occasion to )ring o!t the heroic element. ?o+ can s!ch a man -no+ this.from his presence in conf!sion. The highest intellect!al gift cannot compare +ith this lofty moral grande!r.and )ad. so the man of integrity treats all men +ith confidence.6 It is the 8!ality in man +hich prod!ces heroes. the !pright man +ins the confidence of others. The man +ho de&iated a little from the straight path. 5The moral grande!r of an independent integrity is the s!)limest thing in nat!re. the strong and good man )oth shames and ele&ates. possessed a permanent happiness. ?e tr!sts them. ?a&ing lifted himself a)o&e the petty. is only of the many forms of self del!sion +hich ignorance of moral principles creates.enlightened is protect from all 8!arters. and can no more )e !ndermined )y dishonest men than the s!n can )e p!lled do+n from hea&en )y madmen. it prod!ces in them s!spicion and mistr!st. )!t is more than. I ha&e -no+n s!ch tradesmen. the mean. nor death – can depri&e him of that permanent satisfaction +hich inheres in !prightness. Third. ?e +as merely telling his a!dience that he +as a dishonest man. The man of integrity carries a)o!t +ith him an !nconscio!s grande!r +hich )oth a+es and inspires. Hishonesty has the re&erse effect. and ha&e seen them come to r!in. First. 1ppro$imate honesty is only another term for dishonesty. ha&ing gained their confidence. 1s Emerson has so finely p!t it – 5Tr!st men and they +ill )e tr!e to yo!. It is the )ac-)one of h!man society. no confidence )et+een men. 1 lying tradesman +ill tell yo! that no man can thri&e and )e honest in these days of -een competition.itho!t it there +o!ld )e no tr!st. lea&ing him !nharmed and !nto!ched. The Pillar of Integrity is held together )y these fo!r &irile elementsA . 4othing nor sic-ness. and ignorance and falsehood so )lind a man that he foolishly imagines all are as ignorant and false as himself. and treats them as s!ch. moral ignorance. )y his contact. *!c-minster says. s!ch a man has no -no+ledge of honesty. and the )!siness +orld +o!ld topple to its fall. and his statement is therefore. The man of !ns+er&ing rectit!de is. ?e is al+ays. nor calamity. and. That he pers!ades himself that his partic!lar dishonesty is of a +hite and harmless -ind. 2en are po+erf!lly infl!enced )y one another.6 ?e imagined that his statement re&ealed the condition of the )!siness +orld< it did not. prod!ces a good rep!tation< and fo!rth. In the memory of men and the estimation of the +orld the man of integrity occ!pies a higher place than the man of geni!s. and the arro+s of selfishness and treachery that may )e po!red !pon him +ill re)o!nd from the strong armo!r of his integrity and the )right shield of his righteo!sness. al+ays a hero. and so )ring a)o!t s!ccess. ?e has no fi$ed principle of right and is only thin-ing of his o+n ad&antage. Jight doing )et+een man and main in the &aried relations and transactions of life is the &ery so!l of integrity. *y destroying the confidence of others. and the s!pport of h!man instit!tions. intrinsically. this tr!st. ne&er )eing &iolated. honesty. +hich c!lminates in fail!re. It incl!des. and the false.6 The !pright man )y his &ery presence commands the morality of those a)o!t him ma-ing them )etter than they +ere. as good is more po+erf!l than e&il. it revealed his own condition. Second. )!t his ignorance.
The honest man has a clear eye and an !nflinching gaCe. and they li&e in fear< )!t the honest man tries to a&oid getting into de)t. The dishonest are al+ays in fear. and e&ery coin th!s gained must )e paid )ac. thro!gh lac-ing other of these pillars. and of the conse8!ences +hich may at any moment o&erta-e them. get into de)t. and +al-s erect among his fello+s< not ass!ming a part. there are none to fear. ?is fail!re. despise him +hile defiling themsel&es +ith his !nclean +or-. and from this /!st retri)!tion there is no possi)le loophole of escape.another man in the eye. 1n honest man may fail. and the day of his fall is ordained. he sees the immediate effect of a dishonest act – a larger profit )!t not its !ltimate o!tcome< he does not see that an acc!m!lated n!m)er of s!ch acts m!st ine&ita)ly !ndermine his character. )!t. 1ll his )!siness relations are safe and sec!re. fear the res!lts of all that they do. They do not fear de)t. E&en +hen the honest man fails – as he does sometimes. and his speech is direct and con&incing. e&ery)ody +ill tr!st him and )e +illing to +ait for payment. and meeting eye to eye. Hishonest people try to a&oid paying their de)ts. They fear their fello+(men. s!ch as energy. )!t not )eca!se he is honest. )!t +hen de)t o&erta-es him. ?onesty 2. economy. Fearlessness 3. P!rposef!lness 4. and )ring his )!siness toppling a)o!t his ears in r!in. . ?e cannot loo. This is +hy they practice it. and +ill not in/!re his character and rep!tation. his de)ts are paid. ?is methods and actions +ill end!re the light of day.hile poc-eting his gains. 4ot decei&ing or in/!ring any.+ith added interest. ?e is light hearted. and. The day at last comes +hen the dishonest man repents in sorro+ and s!fferingA )!t not man e&er needs to repent of ha&ing )een honest. for it is am)ig!o!s and !ncon&incing. and thin-ing ho+ cle&erly and s!ccessf!lly he is imposing on others. and his speech aro!ses mistr!st. and th!s to !ltimate s!ccess. Ignorant men imagine that dishonesty is a short c!t to prosperity. for he can al+ays re/oice in the fact that he has ne&er defra!ded a fello+ )eing.1. Fearlessness accompanies honesty. )!t )eing himself. 3i-e the dr!n-ard +ho sees the immediate pleas!re of his ha)it. too. . The tradesman +ho demands of his assistants that they shall )e. The dishonest man is morally short sighted. and s-!l-ing and cringing. Sho!ld he pass thro!gh a diffic!lt time. redo!)ling his e$ertions. fear the esta)lished a!thorities. . he has nothing to fear. res!lting do!)tless from his incapacity in the partic!lar direction of his fail!re. The honest man is rid of all this )!rden of fear. and misrepresents his goods to c!stomers. +ill )e a means of leading him into something more s!ited to his talents. mistr!st. ?o+ can s!ccess thri&e in s!ch a poisono!s atmosphere= The spirit of r!in is already in s!ch a )!siness. and anything and against him can only re)o!nd to his ad&antage. and all his de)ts +ill )e paid. The liar and cheat hangs his head< his eye is m!ddy and his gaCe o)li8!e. ?e loo-s his fello+men in the face. and his fail!re +ill )e hono!ra)le. and hatred. and they are in constant fear of their misdeeds )eing re&ealed.hen a man has f!lfilled his o)ligations. E&en in his dar-est ho!r he finds repose in a clear conscience. This moral gra&itation is an s!re and !n&arying as the physical gra&itation of a stone to the earth. or system his fail!re is not the grie&o!s thing it is to the dishonest man. he does not fear. is s!rro!nding himself on all hands +ith s!spicion. In&inci)ility $onesty is the s!rest +ay to s!ccess. )!t not the !ltimate degradation. E&en the moral +ea-lings +ho carry o!t his instr!ctions. he is all the time imposing on himself. )!t fear that they +ill ha&e to pay their de)ts.
slander. 2oral force is the greatest po+er. Fo$rth pillar – System System is that principle of order )y +hich conf!sion is rendered impossi)le. he stands on a firmer and more e$alted gro!nd than the man of mere policy and e$pedience< and +hile commanding a more e$tended &ie+ of any sit!ation. 4o amo!nt of talent.1nd this fearlessness is. #. *lessed and prospero!s a)o&e all men +ill )e he +ho )!ilds its incorr!pti)le masonry into the temple of his life. or )!siness ac!men can gi&e a man that po+er of mind and peace of heart +hich come from an enlightened acceptance and o)ser&ance of lofty moral principles. and so is less li-ely to ma-e serio!s mista-es. or to )!ngle into a dilemma from +hich it is diffic!lt to escape. Strong men ha&e strong p!rposes. a)o!t integrity. and the organiCer of instit!tions. more strong and lasting. There are many departments in +hich a disorderly man may s!cceed – altho!gh attention to order +o!ld increase his s!ccess )!t he +ill not s!cceed in )!siness !nless he can place the )!siness entirely in the hands of a systematic manager.and in/!ry. The man of integrity is the man of direct aims and strong and intelligent p!rposes. 1ll large )!siness concerns ha&e )een e&ol&ed along definitely dra+n systematic lines. 4o )!siness or society can de&elop into large dimensions apart from system. and his strength is manifested in that thoro!ghness +ith +hich he does the )!siness of his life< thoro!ghness +hich commands respect. ?e does not g!ess. so that the &ast !ni&erse r!ns more perfectly than the most perfect machine. %nvincibility is a glorio!s protector. e&en in the most insignificant partic!lar. he +ields the greater po+er +hich a more comprehensi&e grasp of details +ith the principles in&ol&ed. There is a nati&e directness. +ho +ill there)y remedy his o+n defect. and s!ccess. and +or. too. Purposefulness is the direct o!tcome of that strength of character +hich integrity fosters. a to+er to strength in a man>s life. and strong p!rposes lead to strong achie&ements. 3et the see-er for a tr!e prosperity disco&er this force. S!ch is the strong and adamantine Pillar of integrity. and are therefore more firm and sec!re. ena)ling him to )attle manf!lly +ith diffic!lties. and misrepresentation. s!pporting him thro!gh all emergencies. and in the end sec!ring for him that s!ccess of +hich he cannot )e dispossessed. in itself. and al+ays considering moral conse8!ences. +hich ena)les the man to get straight to the mar. )!t it only en&elopes the man +hose integrity is perfectly p!re and !nassaila)le. The man of integrity is a)o&e all men strong. +ill lay him lo+. . 1 man>s +or. P!re and perfect integrity is proof against all attac. li-e the arro+ in the heel of 1chilles.and his prosperity. the principle of integrity.in the dar-. and this principle is preeminently the instr!ment of the merchant. The man +ho has failed in one point is &!lnera)le. let him foster and de&elop it in his mind and in his deeds. the )!siness man. intellect. 1ll comple$ organiCations are )!ilt !p )y system. and +hich ma-es fail!re almost impossi)le. admiration. In the nat!ral and !ni&ersal order e&erything is in its place. ena)ling its possessor to meet all opposition and persec!tion +ith da!ntless co!rage and s!)lime e8!animity. 4e&er to &iolate. entering that point. and as he s!cceeds he +ill ta-e his place among the strong leaders of the earth. 2orality al+ays has the ad&antage of e$pediency. any &iolation of +hich +o!ld )e disastro!s to the efficiency and +elfare of the )!siness. and the man of so!nd integrity is the man of so!nd plan. is to )e in&inci)le against all the assa!lts of inn!endo. ?e +eights and considers and loo-s ahead. Its p!rposes al+ays reach do+n far )elo+ the s!rface.omple$ )!siness or other organiCations are )!ilt !p li-e . confers !pon him. and the shaft of e&il. Hisorder in space +o!ld mean the destr!ction of the !ni&erse< and disorder in a man>s affairs destroys his +or.+ill al+ays in some +ay reflect himself. Ta-ing a moral &ie+ of all things. 1ll his plans ha&e in them some of that moral fi)er of +hich his character is +ro!ght.in +hate&er he does.
.in s!ch a short time. +ith its tho!sands of parts +or-ing together smoothly and almost noiselessly to the achie&ement of the end for +hich it +as designed.or concern is pre&ented. +as )ro!ght forth )y the systematic o)ser&ance of a fe+ mechanical la+s. and therefore ne&er ha&e to find anything. are as rigid and e$acting as the holy &o+s of a saint. )!t )y ignoring the means he fr!strates the end. and chagrin +hich this daily h!nting for things )rings a)o!t. political. and contin!ance on the systematic arrangements of t+enty si$ letters. for instance. or scale the highest heights of achie&ement in any direction. the mon!mental histories. *y the disarrangement of details. an arrangement ha&ing ine$ha!sti)le and illimita)le res!lts )y the fact of its rigid limitation +ithin certain fi$ed r!les. 7rderly people conser&e )oth their time and energy. ?is strict o)ser&ance of the la+ of order ena)les him to reach his ends. )ad temper and acc!sing others for their o+n lac. in all departments of the )!siness +orld. that +ere system +ithdra+n.-no+ledge thin. to ena)le them to achie&e any s!ccess. and its &ast f!nd of )oo. In the financial +orld. )y scr!p!lo!s attention to details. 1gain< all the +onderf!l achie&ements of mathematics ha&e come from the systematic arrangement of ten fig!res< +hile the most comple$ piece of machinery. Hisorderly people +aste an enormo!s amo!nt of time and energy. reference can )e made to any one o)/ect in. the so!l – stirring orations< thin. fre8!ently for a long time. The time frittered a+ay in h!nting for things is s!fficient. temper. They can +ell afford to )e cool and deli)erate and so !se their mental energies in something more profita)le than irritation.of one>s financial prospects. +ere if conser&ed )y order. and cannot )e &iolated in the smallest partic!lar )!t at the ris. its legal stat!tes. sa&es time. organisms perish. of it religions.also the social interco!rse of h!man society. )ad h!mo!r. as m!ch energy is dissipated as +o!ld )e re8!ired to )!ild !p a )ig )!siness.of all these +onderf!l reso!rces and achie&ements of lang!age. E&ery end!ring achie&ement in h!man society rests !pon a )asis of system< so tr!e is this. indicating that all things in h!man society are +elded together )y the adhesi&e 8!alities of order. the gro+th of any +or. as to appear almost mirac!lo!s. the la+ of order is an iron necessity. )y his o)ser&ance of the principle of system. and +ith an entire a)sence of conf!sion. It is this fac!lty of speedy references and s+ift dispatch +hich is of s!ch o&er+helming importance in e&ery department of -no+ledge and ind!stry. There is a -ind of geni!s in system +hich can perform apparent +onders +ith ease. and money. They ne&er lose anything. and +ith s!ch freedom from s!ch e$ha!stion. Thin-. so that o!t of many millions of o)/ects. and )!siness systems< and so on. the inn!mera)le prose +or-s. and )y the careless neglect of details.of religio!s. E&erything is in its place. and the amo!nt of time and la)o!r th!s sa&ed to h!manity is so &ast as to )e incompati)le. and ha&e to h!nt. ?e scale the heights of s!ccess +hile his slo&enly competitor is +allo+ing hopelessly in the )ogs of conf!sion. from the microscopic rotifer to the telescopic star. and then reflect that they all depend for their origin. tho!gh it )e in the dar-. The disorderly man thin-s he can )e careless a)o!t e&ery thing )!t the main end. The scientist names and classifies the myriad details of the !ni&erse. ?erein +e see ho+ system simplifies that is comple$A ho+ it ma-es easy that +hich +as diffic!lt< ho+ it relates an infinite &ariety of details of the one central la+ or order. +itho!t friction or loss of time.comple$ )odies in nat!re. progress +o!ld cease. for slo&enly people ne&er ha&e a place for anything. 1 systematic man can get thro!gh so great a 8!antity of +or. a fe+ min!tes. The demands of system. and so ena)les them to )e dealt +ith and acco!nted for +ith perfect reg!larity. at most.e spea. . for any article +hich they re8!ire. In the irritation. and the hand can )e at once placed !pon it. s+iftly and smoothly. of the &ast achie&ements of literat!re the +or-s of classic a!thors and of great geni!ses< the great poems. and he +ho fa!ltlessly o)ser&es it.of order. gro+th.
empire – is )!ilt. or to )alance his fig!res. People +ho a)hor discipline. indeed. along +ith the restf!lness and efficiency of mind +hich spring from s!ch reg!larity.System is. The )!siness man +hose method is slo&enly. or moral priCes. mental. )!siness or religions – are the strong ones of the earth. tro!)les. and e&ol&e to completeness. necessity for the esta)lishment of fi$ed and in&iola)le r!les. and the protectors and pioneers of h!manity. that thin-s anything +ill do. +ith a free mind. all of +hich +o!ld disappear !nder a proper reg!lation of their li&es. and aid him in thoro!ghness. cannot )e highly s!ccessf!l and prospero!s.as +hen he left< and no tro!)le. once told me that he co!ld ha&e his h!ge )!siness for t+el&e months. la+. 1n !nsystematic mind is an !ntrained mind and it can no more cope +ith +ell disciplined minds in the race of life than an !ntrained athlete can s!ccessf!lly complete +ith a caref!lly trained competitor in athletic competitor in athletic races. so that he +ho systematiCes his -no+ledge or )!siness. 1 remar-a)le )!siness man. The ill disciplined mind. ena)ling it to r!n li-e a +ell )alanced and +ell oiled machine. and machine< e&ery detail do+n to the smallest. simplifies and enhances it for his s!ccessor. nation. some system to reg!late their actions. . no diffic!lty. tho!ght to tho!ght. and no limit can )e set to the gro+th of a man>s po+ers. The man +ho is contin!ally impro&ing his methods. all things. The man +ho. )oo-. in e&ery sphere of h!man acti&ity for immediately t+o h!man )eings meet together. or c!m)ersome. a friend of mine. religion. for the many separate !nits +hose minds are !ntrained to the discipline of system. no conf!sion has arisen. The systematic )!ilder is a creator and preser&er. +hether they )e material. for the )!ilders – +hether of cathedrals or characters. and petty annoyances. the inescapa)le. +hether in )!siness. the infl!ence of his organiCation. and it +o!ld r!n on +itho!t hitch till his ret!rn< and he does occasionally lea&e it for se&eral months. +hose minds are !ngo&erned and anarchic. )oy and girl< e&ery tool. e&ery man. +here he left off. -eep e&ery department to . or to find the -ey of his des-. ena)ling him to )egin. and ha&e e&ery detail in its place. System is the la+ )y +hich e&erything – e&ery organism. and +ho are careless and irreg!lar in their thin-ing. ?e sho!ld seiCe !pon e&ery thing – e&ery in&ention and idea – that +ill ena)le him to economiCe time and la)o!r. There can )e no mar-ed s!ccess part from a lo&e of reg!larity and discipline. la+ to la+. their ha)its and the management of their affairs. and colony to colony in orderly se8!ence and classification. the completeness of his character. or )ehind the most recent de&elopments of s-illed minds. +hen he comes to do his +or-. one of the great f!ndamental principles in progress. is !na)le to find his tools. and they fill their li&es +ith n!mero!s +orries. +hile tra&elling. and sho!ld +a-e !p to the necessity for more highly specialiCed and effecti&e methods in his concern. they need some common gro!nd of !nderstanding for the a&oidance of conf!sion< in a +ord. and in the )inding together. is in its place doing its +or. or the -ey to his tho!ghtless. and on his ret!rn. +hile the man of disorder demolishes and destroys. is gaining in )!ilding po+er< it therefore )eho&es the )!siness man to )e reso!rcef!l and in&enti&e in the impro&ement of his methods. and the a&oidance of friction. sho!ld only )lame himself as his prospects are decadent. character. are -ept in their places )y the organiCing po+er of the comparati&ely fe+ +ho percei&e the !rgent. deli)eration and dispatch. rapidly falls )ehind the +ell disciplined minds +ho are con&inced that only the )est +ill do in the stren!o!s race for the priCes of life. or the e$tent of his )!siness. if he )!t preser&e intact the discipline of order. of the +orld>s millions of h!man )eings +hile they are at the same time each stri&ing for a place and are competing +ith one another in opposing aims and interest.e see here ho+ system is allied +ith greatness. diffic!lties. *y adding cell to cell. )!siness. science. +ill )e str!ggling in his self made toils +hile his methodical neigh)or +ill )e freely and /oyf!lly scaling the in&igorating heights of s!ccessf!l achie&ement. in one complete +hole. or politics in fact. department to department. concerns and instit!tions gro+ in magnit!de. 3ife is too short for conf!sion< and -no+ledge gro+s and progress proceeds along a&en!es of system +hich pre&ent retardation and retrogression. E&ery large )!siness has its system +hich renders its &ast machinery +or-a)le.
. is an indication of high moral c!lt!re to +hich the ma/ority ha&e not yet attained. and -noc-s at their door< and they !nconscio!sly command it )y the s!per) e$cellence of their fac!lties and methods. s-illf!lly. The s!ccessf!l :eneral m!st ha&e the po+er of readily meeting any ne+ and !nloo-ed for mo&e on the part of the enemy< so e&ery )!siness man m!st ha&e the readiness to deal +ith any !ne$pected de&elopment affecting his line of trade< and so also m!st the man of tho!ght )e a)le to deal +ith the details of any ne+ pro)lems +hich may arise. Hilatoriness is a &ice that is fatal to prosperity. )!t there can )e no acc!racy apart from system. If the inacc!rate man +ill not +illingly s!)/ect himself to the discipline of his employer or instr!ctor. The man +ho ha)it!ally !ses !p a portion of his o+n or his employer>s time in trying to correct his errors. and !nfitting them for any stren!o!s and +ell s!stained endea&o!r. and do it methodically. and he +ill there)y )ind himself do+n to an inferior position. The pre&alence of the &ice of inacc!racy Dand in &ie+ of its disastro!s effect it m!st )e regarded as a &ice. or for the correction of +hose mista-es another has to )e employed. and ta)!late and classify +ith s!ch efficiency and perfection as to ena)le him at any moment to )ring !nder e$amination or into re8!isition to the remotest detail in connection +ith his special +or-. Jeadiness 2. and +ith smooth yet cons!mmate despatch are the men +ho need to thin. and self(discipline. )!t thin-s he -no+s )etter. . The men of ready hands. ha&e trained themsel&es to )e acc!rate in +hat they say. )eca!se acc!racy is closely allied to self(discipline. or are so caref!l as to admit and state their lia)ility to error. for it leads to incapa)ility and st!pidity. and +ho is glad +hen they are pointed o!t to him. tho!gh perhaps one of the lesser &icesE is patent to e&ery o)ser&e in the +ay in +hich the ma/ority of people relate a circ!mstance or repeat a simple statement of fact. The o)ser&ance of system fosters and de&elops this spirit. It is that spirit of alertness )y +hich a sit!ation is immediately grasped and dealt +ith. if in the )!siness +orld< or to imperfect -no+ledge. rendering many inefficient and incompetent. and from this common form of inacc!racy many !ntr!ths and mis!nderstandings arise. &ccuracy is of s!preme importance in all commercial concerns and enterprises. It is ha)it!al and persistent< inacc!racy +hich is a &ice< and he is the incapa)le and +rong minded man +ho +ill not see or admit his mista-es. Jecc!racy 3. 2ore people ta-e pains to )e acc!rate in +hat they do than in +hat they say. for it comes to them +hether they see. perhaps Dnot rec-oning those +ho deli)erately lieE. It is nearly al+ays made !ntr!e )y more or less mar-ed inacc!racies.omprehensi&eness !eadiness is aliveness. Fe+ people. ready hearts. his failing can ne&er )e remedied. )!t he is the capa)le and right minded man +ho percei&es his mista-es and 8!ic-ly remedies them.its special tas-.it or not< s!ccess r!ns after them.a day +orld< m!ch less to reach a place among the ran-s of the prospero!s. along +ith that glad s!)/ection to e$ternal discipline +hich it in&ol&es. +ho -no+ +hat they are doing. Inacc!racy is one of the commonest failings. There ne&er yet li&ed a man +ho did not ma-e some mista-es on his +ay to his partic!lar s!ccess. and a system +hich is more or less imperfect +ill in&ol&e its originator in mista-es more or less disastro!s !ntil he impro&es it. and ready )rains. if in the +orld of tho!ght. and +ho ta-es offence +hen they are pointed o!t to him. In system is contained these fo!r ingredientsA 1. is not the man to maintain any position in the +or. Btility 4.little of prosperity as an end. )!t e&en here inacc!racy is &ery common.
+hether in material or moral directions. along +ith their relation to a central mechanical principle. for acc!racy is perfect. If the gardener is to gather in the )est prod!ce. s-ill.omprehensi&eness is analytic and synthetic capacity com)ined in the same indi&id!al. e&en if it has not already arri&ed. and prosperity increase. as it +ere. and aims at greater and e&er greater acc!racy in his methods. it m!st )e done seasona)ly. ?e is al+ays ready to test good ad&ice )y practice. 1 capacio!s and +ell ordered mind. along +ith the single principle +hich go&erns them and )inds them together. the theorists and the contro&ersialists. It is a masterly 8!ality. and to do it +ith all his might. and a man is !sef!l in accordance +ith that he does. and co!rt fail!re )y entertaining spec!lations +hich. 1 man>s prosperity is meas!red )y his !sef!lness to the comm!nity. )!t he can )e grad!ally e&ol&ing his mental capacity )y caref!l attention to system in his tho!ghts and )!siness. gi&ing organiCing and go&erning po+er. and retains its hold only on those things +hich can appropriated to good !ses in the economy of life. -no+ledge. cannot )e applied in practice. the ma-ers. E&ery man cannot )e a geni!s nor does he need to )e.hen the po+ers of the mind are di&erted from spec!lati&e theoriCing to practical doing. is the direct res!lt of method in one>s +or-. The man +hose po+ers are sho+n in +hat he does. and is de&eloped )y systematic attention to details. and he +ill there)y gain a special -no+ledge. a&oids metaphysical 8!i))ling and 8!andaries. 3et a man t!rn a+ay from the mirages of intellect!al spec!lation. is the mind that is near to geni!s. . The a!thor of a great poem or story relates all his characters and incidents to a central plot. and not )eca!se of the theories +hich he entertains. and ignored. The in&entor has in his mind all the details of his machine. all the details of his )!siness. 3a)o!r arri&es at fr!itf!l and profita)le ends +hen it is systematically p!rs!ed. )y their &ery nat!re. That +hich cannot )e red!ced to practice sho!ld not )e allo+ed to hamper the mind. It sho!ld )e thro+n aside. po+er. +ield a special po+er. and not in mere tal-ing are arg!ing. Bnpractical people )!rden their minds +ith !seless and !n&erifia)le theories. and applies himself to the accomplishment of some good and !sef!l end. . and the meas!re of a man>s acc!racy +ill )e the meas!re of his !ni8!eness and perfection. The s!ccessf!l merchant holds in his mind. +hich holds +ithin its silent depths an army of details in their proper arrangement and tr!e +or-ing order. a)andoned. and so perfects his in&ention. and )egin to do something. for he is an !npractical man. 1 man recently told me that if his theory sho!ld )e pro&ed to ha&e no !sef!l end. omprehensiveness is that 8!ality of mind +hich ena)les a man to deal +ith a large n!m)er of related details. and no s!)stantial )asis of reality.The progressi&e man learns )y his o+n mista-es as +ell as )y the mista-es of others. It a&oids side iss!es. and as his intellect depends and )roadens his po+ers +ill )e intensified and his prosperity accent!ated. and the time for doing a thing m!st not )e allo+ed to pass )y. The carpenter fashions a chair< the )!ilder erects a ho!se< the mechanic prod!ces a machine< and the +ise man mo!lds a perfect character. and the doers are the salt of the earth. he m!st not only so+ and plant. )!t he m!st so+ and plant at the right time< and if any +or. dispenses +ith theories. +hich means higher and higher perfection. he sho!ld still retain his hold !pon it as a )ea!tif!l theory. )!t the +or-ers. If a man chooses to cling to so(called 5)ea!tif!l6 theories +hich are pro&ed to ha&e no !se in life. 'tility or !sef!lness. and reach his o+n !ni8!e position and prosperity among his fello+s. Btility considers the practical end< and employs the )est means to reach that end. 4ot the schismatic.is to )e fr!itf!l in res!lts. and reg!lates them )y a system adapted to his partic!lar form of trade. and so prod!ces a composite and end!ring literary +or-. to grasp them in their entirety. he m!st not )e s!rprised if he fails in his +ordly !nderta-ings. .
or complain. if those at home hear his steps +ith dread.a tho!sand miles off. They. Tho!gh the +ell of sympathy may feed the spring of tears.S!ch. The test of a man is in his immediate acts. Sympathetic people are not g!shing and spasmodic. Economy. 5Seest tho! a man diligent in )!siness< he shall stand )efore -ings. illnat!red sarcasm. or )eats his children. no matter +hat the nat!re of that +or. firm. in their 8!iet strength and their s+iftness to aid +hile others are s+eeping. and therefore to great )ea!ty and no)ility of character. +ho caref!lly economiCes his time and money. The man +ho perfects himself in Energy. lo&e they infant< lo&e thy +ood chopper< )e good nat!red and modest< ha&e that grace< and ne&er &arnish yo!r hard !ncharita)le am)ition +ith this incredi)le tenderness for )lac. To fall into hysterical some s!ffering a)road. or cynically )lame others.may )e. so that they +ill )e effecti&e and fr!itf!l. 5?e +ill stand and not fall in the )attle of life. and that shine apart in spar-ling p!rity and )right intelligence. is not sympathy. is fre8!ently mista-en for indifference )y shallo+ minds. and not in !ltra sentiments< and if those acts are consistently informed +ith selfishness and )itterness. presently perishes and lea&es )ehind neither seed nor fr!it. or sta)s his neigh)ors +ith shafts of )itter sarcasm +hat hypocrisy is in his profession of lo&e for s!ffering people +ho are o!tside the immediate range of his infl!enceG . or a)!ses his ser&ants. and +ronging their hands. and place him among the comparati&ely fe+ +hose minds are rare. In addition he +ill reach a manliness and an independent dignity +hich +ill !nconscio!sly command respect and s!ccess. he shall not stand )efore mean men. and feel a /oyf!l relief on his depart!re. as +ell as in that mor)id and false sentiment +hich is a theoretical and ass!med sympathy. If one is cr!el at home – if he )adgers his +ife. . They ga&e it greater strength and sta)ility. )!t are permanently self restrained. and +ho systematiCes his +or. and of themsel&es they are s!fficient to permanently s!stain it +itho!t the addition of the remaining fo!r. or +himper. +ho practices !ns+er&ing integrity. then. Fifth pillar – Sympathy The remaining pillars are the fo!r central pillars in the Temple of Prosperity. and that. and anger and condemnation. Their !ndist!r)ed demeano!r.hat shallo+ sentiment informs his )!rsts of indignation against the in/!stice and hard heartedness in the +orld aro!nd him. )!t the sympathetic and discerning eye recogniCes.6 says Script!re of s!ch a one. They contri)!te greatly to its attracti&eness.of sympathy is sho+n in cynicism. silent. ha&ing no )asis in practice. for they )elong to the highest moral sphere. +ith concentrated po+er. ho+ empty are his e$pressions of sympathy for the s!ffering or do+n trodden ho+ f!tile his mem)ership of a philanthropic society. the deepest. and add )oth to its )ea!ty and !tility. and &irt!o!sly h!s)ands his &itality. that spring more often dra+s its s!pply from the dar. Says Emerson of s!ch – 5:o. ine$pressi)le tenderness +hich is sho+n in a consistently self forgetf!l gentle character. and System +ill achie&e an end!ring s!ccess in the +or.fol. are fo!r corner pillars in the Temple of Prosperity.)y first systematiCing his mind. 3ac. so!ndest sympathy. too. )itter ridic!le. ?is s!ccess +ill )e certain and his prosperity +ill end!re. he +ill fill a high place in the +orld and in the estimation of men. It is impossi)le for one to fail +ho is f!ll of energy. Integrity. +here the s!ffering of others is concerned. S!ch a man>s efforts +ill )e rightly directed. 4either are )!rsts of &iolent indignation against the cr!elties and in/!stices of others nor any indication of a sympathetic mind. Sympathy sho!ld not )e confo!nded +ith that ma!dlin and s!perficial sentiment +hich.6 %. Sympathy is a deep.of his life. for +hen selfishness is th+arted it spends itself in tears. li-e a pretty flo+er +itho!t root. 1nd so standing high in the no)ility and integrity of his character.pool of selfishness. )!t +ill )e too strong and p!re and !pright a man to sinhimself so lo+. They lo&e afar is spite at home6. !nass!ming and gracio!s. indeed. 8!iet. ma-e a man great. and +ill strengthen +ea-er ones )y its &ery presence in their midst. ?e +ill not )eg. ta!nting and moc-ery.
and ministers to its alle&iation. ?e sees +ith the others men>s eyes. entirely )eca!se of the harshness of their disposition. m!st ha&e ripened into a fi$ed -indness and ha)it!al calm.6 It is a -ind of impertinence to 8!estion a s!ffering creat!re. and he &ie+s a thing from a n!m)er of different sides.in life there are tr!ly sympathetic people. or +ho is hard. or partic!lar +or-. the hospital hero.of sympathy arises in egotism< sympathy arises in lo&e. he )ecomes a centre of rest and healing for the sorro+ing and )ro-en hearted +ho are afflicted +ith the affections +hich he has e$perienced and con8!ered. and ac8!ainted +ith grief. is oneness +ith others in their stri&ings and s!fferings. S!ch is the highest and holiest sympathy. a n!m)er of men. !niting spirit of sympathy. ?e is th!s a)le to !nderstand men +ho are &astly different from himself< the meaning of their li&es is re&ealed to him. and that his o+n partic!lar side. and complains of the ill treatment he has recei&ed in ret!rn. and to thin. . +here&er that s!ffering presents itself. so the man of sympathy feels the ang!ish of s!ffering men. it m!st needs )e that one has lo&ed m!ch. e$presses it – 5I do not as. *!t to ha&e reached this ripened sympathy. and feels +ith their hearts. 1nd so it is< sympathy leads !s to the hearts of all men. +ith separate aims and interests< and to regard themsel&es as right and others +rong in their respecti&e +ays. s!ffered m!ch and so!nded the dar. S!ffering calls for aid and tenderness. 5a man of sorro+s. he has not done -indly deeds. can ne&er )e cynical and condemnatory can ne&er pass tho!ghtless and cr!el /!dgements !pon his fello+s< )eca!se in his tenderness of heart he is e&er +ith them in their pain.6 )!t the sorro+ and grief m!st ha&e passed. and not for c!riosity< and the sympathetic man or +oman feels the s!ffering. and +here&er self praise enters in. tho!ghtlessness. 1 man +ho is fiery and resentf!l.hile re/oicing in the fact that in e&ery +al. and he is !nited to them in the spirit of good+ill. 1s a mother feels the ang!ish of her s!ffering child. for the time )eing. It springs from ac8!aintance +ith the profo!ndest e$periences. cold and calc!lating. and cr!elty are all too common. and +hen they s!ffer +e feel the pain< +hen they are glad +e re/oice +ith them< +hen they are despised and persec!ted. and ta-e into o!r hearts their h!miliation and distress< and he +ho has this )inding. and perhaps a hopeless despair.hitman.and feel +ith them. or cold cr!elty in the other. Said *alCac – 5The poor fascinate me< their h!nger is my h!nger< I am +ith them in their homes< their pri&ations I s!ffer< I feel the )eggar>s rags !pon my )ac-< I for the time )eing )ecome the poor and despised man. in its real and profo!nd sense. one also percei&es that harshness. so that the elements of prosperity +ill )e eliminated from his life. )!t has yet to reach that self forgetf!l modest +hich is the s+eetness of sympathy. and )ecomes. 1s . so that +e )ecome spirit!ally !nited to them. )!t a sympathy m!ch less perfect is a great po+er for good in h!man life and a meas!re of it is e&ery+here and e&ery day needed. These hard 8!alities )ring their o+n s!fferings. e&en tho!gh he )e other+ise an a)le man. that a deed done for a s!ffering little one +as done for him. +ill. in the end scarcely a&oid disaster in his affairs.3ac. so that the man of sympathy is a composite )eing< he is. lea&ing him +ith a lonely fail!re. Egotism is in&ol&ed in ignorance< lo&e is allied to -no+ledge. hears +ith their ears. and not from one side only. Sympathy. as they are. . ?e p!ts himself in their place.depths of sorro+. to !nderstand and deal +ith it )y p!re sympathy< and +hen one has )een 5perfected )y s!ffering6 in many directions. 4o man can ha&e tr!e sympathy +ho has not )een. ena)les one.6 It reminds !s of the saying of 7ne greater than *alCac. thin-s +ith their minds. and selfishness )!rnt o!t of his heart. ?is heated folly in the one case. +ith the springs of sympathy dried !p +ithin him. and there are those +ho fail in their )!siness. If one spea-s of his many deeds of -indness. +ill grad!ally isolate him from his fello+s and from those +ho are immediately related to him in his partic!lar a&ocation. 4or can sympathy )oast. +e spirit!ally descend +ith them into the depths. To ha&e s!ffered so m!ch in a certain direction that the s!ffering is finished.the +o!nded person. in some meas!re at least. and only its partic!lar +isdom remains. so that a man has ad conceit. Sympathy lifts a man a)o&e this separate and self centred life and ena)les him to li&e in the hearts of his fello+s. as it +ere. resentment. It is common +ith men to imagine themsel&es as separate from their fello+s. sympathy passes o!t.
grasping +orshipper of mammon. namelyA( 1. today. for all )eings and creat!res are s!)/ect to s!ffering. the )lessings of sympathy are great and manifold. :enerosity 3. and in the measure that he is capable of understand it. he +o!ld still ha&e the same e$c!se.E&en in ordinary )!siness transactions. for e&en they +ho admire his good 8!alities +ill. +hen a competitor +ho had tried to Kc!t him o!t> in )!siness. )!t may )e an !nselfish de&otion. Selfishness impels men to protect themsel&es at the e$pense of others< )!t sympathy impels them to protect others )y the sacrifice of self< and in this sacrifice of self there is no real and !ltimate loss. and all the rest of the +ee )e a hard. The most prospero!s commercial tra&eler I ha&e e&er -no+n. This man +as s!ccessf!l thro!gh sheer sympathy. and this sameness of painf!l e$perience leads to that !nity of feeling +hich +e call sympathy. It may )e as-ed. for +ere his circ!mstances different. :entleness 4. is not selfishness. )oth spirit!al and material. for people +ill al+ays )e attracted to those +ho are of a -indly and genial nat!re. If one contends that he cannot practice a &irt!e it. Findness 2. that he himself +o!ld pro)a)ly ha&e denied that his s!ccess co!ld )e attri)!ted to it. to more greatly a)o!nd. 2en +ere glad to see him come into their office or shop or mill. ?e +as as innocent of all 5tric-s of trade6 as a ne+ )orn infant. +ill in/!re his trade. set that same competitor !p in )!siness again. man>s prosperity +ill increase. people +ill e$pect to see the good infl!ence of that religion on his )!siness transactions. one of the most s!ccessf!l and prospero!s of )!siness men. It is selfishness that )lights and destroys. Sympathy is a !ni&ersal spirit!al lang!age +hich all. ma-ing )lessings. e&en tho!gh that d!ty )e trade. Tr!ly a )ea!tif!l act of self sacrifice< and the man that did it is. Insight . Hiligence in )!siness is not incompati)le +ith self sacrifice. )!t sympathy so p!re and free from policy. e&en the animals. the sympathetic man +ith a&erage a)ility +ill al+ays ta-e precedence of the man of greater a)ility )!t +ho is !nsympathetic. Sympathy can ne&er hinder s!ccess. it e$tends the circle of infl!ence. a cr!el la!gh or an !n-ind sentence from him +ill serio!sly in/!re his rep!tation and infl!ence. 1ll interests are m!t!al. c!t himself o!t and failed. for de&otion to d!ty. To profess to )e a +orshipper of the gentle 0es!s on S!nday. instincti&ely !nderstand and appreciate. preferring to deal +ith them rather than +ith those +ho are hard and for)idding. If a man )e a minister or a clergyman. sympathy is an important factor. +as o&erflo+ing +ith e$!)erant -indness and geniality. In all spheres +here direct personal contact plays an important part. thro!gh his !n-indness. and stand or fall together. and as sympathy e$pands the heart. 5?o+ can a )!siness man< +hose o)/ect is to de&elop his o+n trade. If a )!siness man profess religion. 1s good+ill increases. )!t his great heart and manly !prightness +on for him fast friends +here&er he +ent. and not alone for the good and )racing infl!ence he )ro!ght +ith him. )!t partic!larly his infl!ence. practice self(sacrifice=6 Even man can practice self sacrifice (ust where he is. )!t also )eca!se his )!siness +as so!nd and tr!st+orthy. Fo!rfold are the 8!alities +hich ma-e !p the great &irt!e of sympathy. and detract considera)ly from his prosperity. I -no+ a )!siness man +ho. !nconscio!sly ha&e a lo+er regard for him in their personal esteem. for +hile the pleas!re of selfishness are small and fe+.
&igoro!s. and n!mero!s no)le instit!tions thro!gho!t the land are perpet!al +itnesses to the m!nificence of their gifts. and )y +hich +e pre&ent the falling )ac. The lo&e +hich seems to prompt the spontaneo!s -iss +ill )e of little acco!nt if it )e associated +ith a spontaneo!s spite. +hen it is a strong &irt!e. is not a passing imp!lse )!t a permanent 8!ality. +ho ha&e ac8!ired riches and hono!r )y sheer ind!stry. is retrogressing< he is sh!tting himself o!t from all the higher and /oy gi&ing 8!alities. These men – 3ord 2ayors. Stringiness and meanness al+ays repel< they are dar-. This is )eca!se gi&ing is one of the high+ays of personal gro+th and progress. li-e a +ild )east +ith its prey. that their riches are made !n/!stly.)indness. so often h!rled against s!ch men )y the en&io!s and !ns!ccessf!l. and s!ccessf!l men. tho!gh it often goes !nder that name. :i&ing is as important a d!ty as getting< and he +ho gets all he can.itho!t )eing perfect men.ity . It implies that +e recogniCe o!r spirit!al and social -inship +ith o!r fello+(men. 4or ha&e I )een a)le to find any s!)stantial tr!th in the acc!sation. open handed. 1n intermittent and !nrelia)le imp!lse is not -indness.I might say all. happy h!man hearts.o!ncillors. and it mars that perfection of s!ccess +hich he +o!ld other+ise reach. *enerosity goes +ith a larger hearted -indness. and shortly after+ards to )e s+ayed to the other e$treme to+ards the same person )y an e$ternal e&ent !npleasing to one>s self. to )e thin-ing of one>s self only. they are an hono!ra)le class of manly.into selfishness. The gift +hich seemed so gracio!s +ill lose its &al!e sho!ld the gi&er after+ards +ish its &al!e in ret!rn. cramped. and +arm. Findness )ea!tifies the character. a)ility and !prightness. and from free and life gi&ing comm!nion +ith !nselfish. open. It is a +ell from +hich thirsty so!ls can al+ays drin-. sho!ld )e regarded as +ea-ness of character< and it is also a selfish condition. . and are +illing to part +ith a portion of that +e ha&e earned or possess. and magnanimo!s character is al+ays attracti&e and infl!ential. it mars his face as time goes on. and ref!ses to gi&e. h!ngers for more still. 2agistrates. for I ha&e not yet met an e$ceptionE great gi&ers. The day comes +hen men are sorry for the cr!el things they said and did< )!t the day of gladness is al+ays +ith them for the -indly things they ha&e said and done. !s. . and cold. To ha&e one>s feelings aro!sed to do a -ind action to+ards another )y some e$ternal stim!l!s pleasing to one>s self.hristmas . is )esto+ed not only on those +ho please !s.arol6 represents the condition of s!ch a man +ith graphic &i&idness and dramatic force. To+n and . It is a means )y +hich +e attain to greater and greater !nselfishness. 2ayors. That +hich repels ma-es for isolation and fail!re< that +hich attracts ma-es for !nion and s!ccess. +ill at last )e !na)le to get< for it is as m!ch a spirit!al la+ that +e cannot get !nless +e gi&e. and +hen he pleases !s. )!t also !pon those +hose actions go contrary to o!r +ish and +ill. :enerosity is the strong )rother. and it is a constant and ne&er – &arying glo+ of genial +armth. Findness. genero!s. Findness and generosity al+ays attac-< they are s!nny. There is no -indness in praise if it )e follo+ed )y a)!se. There are some actions of +hich men repent< s!ch are all !n-ind actions. and needs no e$ternal stim!l!s to force it into action. and s!ch are all -ind actions. Bn-indness mars a man>s character. for man +ho. narro+. 1 tr!e -indness is !nchangea)le. and all men filling responsi)le p!)lic offices – )eing men +ho ha&e )een sing!larly s!ccessf!l in the management of their o+n pri&ate affairs. 1 man>s prosperity is mello+ed and enriched )y the -indness of his disposition. 1 free. Hic-ens>s Scrooge in 51 . 7!r p!)lic men in England to(day Dpro)a)ly also in 1mericaE are nearly all DI thin. :i&ing has al+ays )een ta!ght as a great and important d!ty )y all the religio!s teachers. the more he gets. and it ena)les a man to reach that perfection of s!ccess to +hich his intellect!al a)ilities entitle him. +hen f!lly de&eloped. genial. and ref!ses to loosen his grasp !pon his acc!m!lating store. are considered the )est men for the management of p!)lic affairs. There are other actions of +hich men do not repent. and it ne&er r!ns dry. it )ea!tifies the face +ith the gro+th of the years. as that +e cannot gi&e !nless +e get. If -indness )e the gentle sister.
. 1rg!ment analyCes the o!ter s-in. for it is the hall mar. as +ell as all that is )est in character and happiness. ?e ne&er ret!rns the hard +ord< he lea&es it alone. Si'th pillar – Sincerity . 1 gentle man one +hose good )eha&ior is prompted )y tho!ghtf!lness and -indliness is al+ays lo&ed. +ill ro) him of all that is )est in life. and thin-s he sees the man. )r!tal and selfish as gentleness. In all -inds of lo&e there is a mystic !nion )y +hich each -no+s the other. o!r life m!st to!ch its or his life. it is the 8!ality of gentleness. ?is moral insight apprehends the perfect ro!nd of h!man life.of c!lt!re. The man of pity is the man of prophecy. +hate&er may )e his origin. no pre/!dice< his sympathy em)races all.3et a man )e+are of greed. If there is one 8!ality +hich. and of nat!re )oth animate and inanimate. of s!spicion. The personal Sha-espeare is not to )e fo!nd in his +or-s< he is merged. The +ise man and the philosopher< the madman and the fool< the dr!n-ard and the harlot – these he. The cynic sees the hat and coat. These gro&elling ill!sion ha&e disappeared. The r!dely aggressi&e man is an affront to c!lti&ated minds and !nselfish hearts. and not )y arg!ment. Sympathy has -no+ledge for her companion. for the time into their partic!lar e$periences and -ne+ them )etter than they -ne+ themsel&es. plenty. aye. and the +ise man has o&ercome all anger in himself. )y sympathy. and the li-e. he is )ecoming di&ine. and s!ch 8!ietness and compos!re are strong to +in in the )attle of life. %nsight is the gift of sympathy. )!t sympathy reaches to the heart. Sha-espeare has no partiality. for these things. firm. 3et him )e li)eral of heart and genero!s of hand. &ehemence. hard times. a distinct.hile they are +earing themsel&es o!t +ith +astef!l and needless strain. and freedom from e$citement. of en&y. ?is spirit inhales /oy as his l!ngs inhale air. to him the contents of all hearts are re&ealed.of spirit!al c!lt!re. In all -inds of hatred there is a separation )y +hich each mis/!dges the other. It is impossi)le to !nderstand those against +hom one har)o!rs a pre/!dice. not only gi&ing cheerf!lly and often of his s!)stance. and is not concerned +ith the hat and coat. . 4o other fig!re in all literat!re has sho+n s!ch a profo!nd -no+ledge of the h!man heart. The gentleman is sa&ed from most of the dist!r)ances and t!rmoil>s +ith +hich !ncontrolled men afflict themsel&es. Sympathy. and there has opened !p )efore his a+a-ened &ision a realm of greatness and grande!r. Insepara)le are the feeling heart and the seeing eye. There are no longer any fears of his fello+(men of competition. Perhaps no 8!ality is so far remo&ed from all that is coarse. or resentment in pec!liarly aggra&ating circ!mstances. Pre/!dice is the great )arrier to sympathy and -no+ledge. *entleness is a-in to di&inity. 4or are past and f!t!re any longer insol!)le mysteries to the man of sympathy. so that +hen one is )ecoming gentle. of meanness. e&en all that is )est in material things.e !nderstand )y e$perience. It is still applied to one +ho is modest and self(restrained. &. :entleness is +edded to +isdom. of /ealo!sy. )!t allo+ing his friends and fello+(men freedom of tho!ght and action – let him )e th!s. a)o&e all others. . *efore +e can -no+ a thing or )eing. and prosperity +ill come -noc-ing at the door for admittance as his friends and g!ests. The man +ho has perfected himself in gentleness ne&er 8!arrels. The sympathetic seer sees the man. enemies. )!t 8!iet en!nciation. )eing the p!rest form of this the greatest poet )eca!se he has the largest heart. if har)o!red. from the lo+est to the highest. . magnanimo!s and tr!sting. The sympathetic mind is the profo!ndly percei&ing mind.e only see men and things as they are +hen +e di&est o!r minds of partial /!dgements. or meets it +ith a gentle +ord +hich is far more po+erf!l than +rath. It only )ecomes esta)lished in a man>s heart +hen he has controlled and )ro!ght into s!)/ection his animal &oice. gladness and po+er. @!arrelsome people ma-e a display in their )ic-ering and recriminations – of their ignorance and lac. 7!r +ord gentlemen has not altogether departed from its original meaning.e )ecome seers as +e )ecome sympathiCers. It can only )e ac8!ired after m!ch e$perience and thro!gh great self(discipline. and is considerate for the feelings and +elfare of others. Sympathetic insight lifts a man into the conscio!sness of freedom. into his characters. and hono!r. he is 8!iet and composed. and so !nderstands ho+ to o&ercome it in others. ?e +hose heart )eats in t!ne +ith all hearts. sho!ld disting!ish the religio!s man.
Their tro!)le is near home. co!ld not e&en associate +ith them. E&en they +ho are for the moment flattered +ith the painted lie. +holesome. If +e did not tr!st men. and cannot fill any place as an infl!ence. and he is depri&ed of all infl!ence. indeed is so so!nd that the man +ho is playing a part for the accomplishment of entirely selfish ends cannot long prosper. In stri&ing to appear +hat he is not. 5Society is rotten from top to )ottom6. I replied that I sho!ld )e sorry to thin. +ill not escape those permanent !nder c!rrents of infl!ence +hich mo&e the heart and shape the /!dgement to fi$ed and final iss!es. . in order to please. society +o!ld fall to pieces< that system )eing an indication of the !ni&ersal confidence men place in each other. 1n accomplished actor on the stage is admired. +as the reply. and happy. spea-s +ell for the tr!stf!lness of men. morality. 5I am &ery pleased +ith his attentions. and e&erything and e&ery)ody appears e&il. h!man society rests on a strong )asis of tr!th. all po+er. I heard a man say recently< and he as-ed me if I did not thin. as a po+er. )!t is )ecome a shallo+ +ea-ling +hose mind has no deep +ell of po+er from +hich men can dra+. sho!ld o&erha!l themsel&es. It is easy for the insincere to imagine that e&ery)ody is li-e themsel&es. and ha&e no +ish to a&oid s!ch payment. and finally commits s!icide. is lac-ing also. for insincerity !ndermines all the other &irt!es. and he is no longer strong and admira)le. 2en are po+erf!l in infl!ence according to the so!ndness and perfection of their sincerity. Sha-espeare>s 5Timon6 sho+s !s the +retched condition of a man +ho. Emerson has something to the effect that if the tr!st system +ere +ithdra+n from commerce. +hile these designed del!sions create )!t momentary ripples on the s!rface of the mind.hy not=6 she +as as-ed. it +as so!nd at the core. he )ecomes as one ha&ing no indi&id!ality. )y o!r deep rooted )elief in one another. )atten on h!man cred!lity. Society. E&en a little insincerity ro)s a character of all its no)ility. so that they cr!m)le a+ay and )ecome of no acco!nt.?!man society is held together )y its sincerity. commonly s!pposed )y the shortsighted and foolish to )e all fra!d and deception is )ased on a great tr!st – a tr!st that men +ill meet and f!lfil their o)ligations. or play the fool +ith tri&ial and ho+soe&er light. has lost all faith in the sincerity of h!man nat!re. pro&es that most men do pay their de)ts. 1 !ni&ersal falseness +o!ld )eget a !ni&ersal mistr!st +hich +o!ld )ring a)o!t a !ni&ersal separation. and there is no force – not e&en the highest intellect!al force – that can compare +ith it.so< that +hile society had many )lemishes.6 said a +oman of an ac8!aintance. Its great leaders are all men of s!perlati&e sincerity< and their names and achie&ements are not allo+ed to perish – a proof that the &irt!e of sincerity is admired )y all the race. 5. +e co!ld not transact )!siness +ith them. and contained +ithin itself the seeds of perfection. )!t the designing actor on the stage of life )rings himself do+n to ignominy and contempt. no character. thro!gh his o+n folly. Falseness is so despica)le a &ice and no man of moral +eight can afford to dally +ith pretty complements.of the 5rottenness of society6. *ac.of all its shortcomings.of +isdom. for e&en a )rief period. They ha&e d+elt cynically and pee&ishly on e&il till they cannot see good. ?e is soon !nmas-ed and disagreed< and the fact that s!ch a man can. ?e c!ts himself off from the company of all men. ( tho!gh a rotten thing co!ld end!re age after age. 1 man of profo!nd sincerity is a great moral force. 3ife is made sane.so. or pleased +ith the deftly +o&en deception. that +here sincerity is lac-ing. and to spea. Payment is not as-ed !ntil the goods are deli&ered< and the fact of the contin!ance of this system for ages. for is not e&erything yello+ to the /a!ndiced eye= People +ho cannot see anything good in the constit!tion of h!man society. 5)!t I +o!ld not marry him6. e&il. 2orality and sincerity are so closely )o!nd !p together. 5?e doesn>t ring tr!e6. and ma-es it common and contempti)le. They call good. all s!ccess. *!siness. if not destr!ction. Its f!ndamental note in sincerity. and no satisfying richness to stir in them a +orshipf!l regard. if it re&eals their lac.
for tr!eness is fi$ed. no s!)stance. deed. religion – in e&ery department of -no+ledge – it di&ides the good from the )ad. adopt no disg!ise. There is in them an ina!di)le so!nd +hich all other men in+ardly hear and instincti&ely detect. Simplicity . There is an old theory that the e$cessi&ely +ic-ed are annihilated. %t comes up to the standard. and allo+ing the latter to perish. science.of entities. *y tr!eness e&erything is gained. yet -no+ not ho+ they -no+. permanent. and one only is a sentence of di&ine +isdom. for there is a sense in +hich the man is gone. So +ith men. conf!sion. Tr!eness is &al!a)le.to )e a pretender is to come as near to annihilation as a man can get. There is at the hear of man a tri)!nal +hose /!dgements do not miscarry. +hile the sterling coin circ!lates among all men. )y falseness all is lost – e&en indi&id!ality dissol&es for falseness is nonentity.!ing true. The hypocrite thin-s he can hood +in. It is the )lind folly of the insincere that. Falseness is cheap. shall not the so!l infalli)ly -no+G This inner infalli)ility is sho+n in the collecti&e /!dgement of the race. Cealo!sly g!arding and preser&ing the former. The so!nd hearted man )ecomes an e$emplar< he is more than a man< he is a reality< a force. +hen tested )y its ring. and in his place there is )!t a mirage of shams. This /!dgement is perfect< so perfect than in literat!re. and the race is not careless of their &al!e. ass!me no e$cellency. There is )!t one person that he hood+in-s.of original geni!s. The +or-s. po+erless. Sp!rio!s things ha&e no &al!e. real. The hell of annihilation +hich so many dread. +hile it consigns the nine h!ndred and ninety nine copyists to o)li&ion.into the melting pot. +hile flattering themsel&es !pon their s!ccessf!l sim!lations. Their actions are laid )are )efore all hearts. shame. and is &al!ed for its +orth. It has reference to the coin +hich. groaning. a thing !nreal. it is the hell of insincerity. +eeping. +ords. and the deed of his slaying is preser&ed as f!rnishing infalli)le proof of his greatness. and cast )ac. fo!ler than all others. so the co!nterfeit +ord. a mo!lding principle. It is tr!e that the race slays its prophets. 1 tho!sand men +rite a )oo-. The slain one has come !p to the standard.that s!ch a man can prosper is to thin.into the nothingness from +hich it emerged. +hile the other sentences are heard no more. +hether they )e )ric(a()rac or men. in&ention. and for that the la+ of the +orld inflicts its righteo!s penalty. s!spicions. and one only is a +or. and that is himself. and no material +ith +hich to )!ild< )!t there are loneliness. 1s the o!ter ear can ma-e the most delicate distinctions in so!nds.e are ashamed of imitations that try to pass for the gen!ine article. ele&ates and preser&es it. )!t e&en that slaying )ecomes a test +hich re&eals the tr!e ring. a mere mas-. I thin. po&erty. so the inner ear can ma-e e8!ally s!)tle distinctions )et+een so!ls. The mas8!erader )ecomes a )y+ord< he is less than a man< he is a shado+. and is left to fall )ac. art.that shado+s can do the +or. Ten tho!sand men !tter a sentence !nder a similar circ!mstance. a spoo-. dar-er. nothingness. and deeds of great men are the heirlooms of the race. or character is percei&ed. they are decei&ing none )!t themsel&es. Fo!r )ea!tif!l traits adorn the mind of the sincere man< they areA( 1. and +ill pass any+here and e&ery+here for its f!ll &al!e. Their +ords and actions emit their o+n pec!liar infl!ence. It is all important that +e )e real< that +e har)o!r no +ish to appear other than +hat +e are< that +e sim!late no &irt!e. If the senses fa!ltlessly detect. . he has descended into< and to thin. no reality< there is nothing on +hich anything can stand. the +orthy from the !n+orthy. 1s the co!nterfeit coin is detected. let him pa!se )efore sin-ing into the a)yss of shado+s< for in insincerity there is no solid gro!nd. emits a so!nd +hich re&eals the sterling metal thro!gho!t. a term f!ll of meaning. the tr!e from the false. They -no+ the false ring from the tr!e. dead. If any man thin-s he can )!ild !p a s!ccessf!l career on pretences and appearances. yet the race singles o!t that saying for the g!idance of posterity. and displace real men. 4one are !ltimately decei&ed )!t the decei&er.the +orld and the eternal la+ of the +orld. and men detect its t!reens. and lamentations< for if there is one hell lo+er. fears. +itho!t the admi$t!re of any )ase material. yet the race singles o!t that one.
2. there is no ill!sion to )e displayed. 5I +o!ld gi&e t+enty years of my life to )e a)le to +rite an immortal hymn. paint.6 .e see them as they are. )!t in h!man nat!re it is manifested as personal influence. )!t as there is nothing hidden )et+een sincere so!ls. re&ealing the standard gold of character. There is a perennial charm a)o!t a sincere man or +oman. )y +hich they p!rport to sho+ &ain people ho+ they can ma-e themsel&es attracti&e to others )y certain 5occ!lt6 means as tho!gh attracti&eness can )e )ro!ght and sold. . . ten tho!sand /oys. and are conscio!s of o!r incapacity to impro&e !pon anything. )!t this is a -ind of disease. in itself. . 1ttracti&eness. 2en of great geni!s are s!ch )eca!se of their spontaneo!s simplicity.+ith )lood and tears.they might +ish to appear. ?e is thin-ing of himself. and m!st sing. of his o+n glory. e&en to the most insignificant. *efore a man can +riter an immortal hymn. and )y that !nholy +ish they are doomed to mediocrity. 7nly the shams are cast aside. ten tho!sand con8!ests. Infat!ation there may )e. and is. a deception.he m!st gi&e. &ttractiveness is the direct o!tcome of simplicity. . It infers. Said a man to me recently. There is no hypocrisy in the +orld of nat!re o!tside of h!man nat!re. o!t of ten tho!sand )itter e$periences. 7ne of the modern social cries is. and shines in the )ea!ty of !nconscio!s simplicity. . and possessed )y those +ho are too solid and sincere of character to desire it. 1ttracti&eness 3. a di&ine simplicity. They +ish to c!t a stri-ing fig!re on the stage of the +orld. not t+enty years of his life to am)ition )!t his can do anything great. Infat!ation ends in painf!l disill!sion. it is mo&ing to+ards a higher. and a piece of land to c!lti&ate. The &ery desire to )e tho!ght attracti&e is. It is simple )eing. the )ea!tif!l simplicity of tr!th. a man )ecomes great. and its )ea!ty and perfection gladden and amaCe !s. and it leads to the practice of n!mero!s deceptions. ?e +ants to pose. and are on the loo. that s!ch people are conscio!s of lac-ing the gen!ine attractions and graces of character. 7f recent years certain pse!domystics ha&e )een ad&ertising to sell the secret of 5personal magnetism6 for so many dollars. 5*ac. for in sooth they ha&e no +ish to appear. nor )ea!ty of feat!res that can compare in attracti&e po+er +ith that so!ndness of mind and +holeness of heart +hich +e call sincerity. Penetration 4. There can )e no personal charm apart from sincerity.ith s!ch an am)ition a man cannot +rite a hymn. This is seen in the attracti&eness of all nat!ral o)/ects< to +hich +e ha&e referred. and ret!rning to simplicity. The flo+er +hich is so )ea!tif!l in all eyes +o!ld lose its )ea!tify in all eyes +o!ld nat!re +e loo. There is nothing in h!man nat!re – nor talent. too. )!t it +ill fail if it )y anything )!t a means to that in+ard redemption +hich +ill restore !s to the simple and the tr!e. is lost )y )eing co&eted. E&erything ha sits o+n pec!liar perfection. They do not foreign< they are. +itho!t fa-e or foreign adornment. and is &astly different from the indissol!)le )ond )y +hich sincere people are attached. or create any immortal +or. ten tho!sand fail!res. Jetaining his intellect and moral po+ers. li-e geni!s. It is generally !nderstood to mean a cottage in the co!ntry. +rite. *!t tho!gh h!manity has +andered from the nat!ral simplicity of the animal +orld. 3esser minds st!dy style and effect. and they stand !pon that solid gro!nd of reality. It +ill )e of little !se to go into the co!ntry if +e ta-e o!r shams +ith !s< and any &eneer +hich may cling to !s can as +ell )e +ashed off /!st +here +e are. ?e forfeits nothing real. nor intellect. 4or are people +ho are an$io!s to )e tho!ght attracti&e. and co!rt the 8!iet of nat!re. Po+er +implicity is nat!ralness. nor affection. li-ely to )ecome so.here there is sincerity there +ill al+ays )e simplicity – a simplicity of the -ind that +e see in nat!re.e cannot find any+here a fla+. for in sooth they ha&e no +ish to appear other+ise.hy are all things in nat!re so )ea!tif!l= *eca!se they are nat!ral. ?e m!st -no+ :ethsemane< he m!st +or. for their &anity is a )arrier to it. It is good that they +ho feel )!rdened +ith the con&entions of society sho!ld fly to the co!ntry.!pon reality.o!t for a s!)stit!te< )!t there is no s!)stit!te for )ea!ty of mind and strength of character.to nat!re6. no tas. and they dra+ a)o!t themsel&es the )est specimens of h!man nat!re. and p!t on and off li-e po+der and paint.
and +hen has passed a+ay it +ill contin!e to afford a shelter and a home for others thro!gh many generation. 1ll sim!lators are transparent to the searching eye of the sincere man. a rose. 2oney cannot p!rchase the priceless /e+els of character. and find of +hat sp!rio!s st!ff he is made.3eaders among men attract )y the po+er of their sincerity. )!t all -no+ it is paint. and entertains only that +hich is tr!e. their &irt!e. and its +orth is not to )e &al!ed in coin. a tree. ?e acts from positi&e -no+ledge. For a time he may sail /a!ntily !pon the stream of pop!larity. 2en are open to him. and +in their confidence. and all men are infl!enced )y it. ?e +ho has rid his heart of all falseness. and he +ho ma-es himself sincere. Its +alls +ill not cr!m)le< its rafters +ill not decay< its roof +ill not fall in. Pre/!dices piles o)stacles in a man>s +ay – o)stacles to health. 1ll shams are !n&eiled in their presence. S!ch is the strong pillar of sincerity. 1s men. ?is penetrati&e /!dgement pierces to the centre of actions.ith one clear glance he sees thro!gh all their flimsy pretences. She thin-s she is admired for her comple$ion. Sincere people do not thin. and so on – so the sincere man disting!ishes )et+een the &ariety of characters. their )ea!tify and )eca!se they are so !nconscio!s of themsel&es. so that he is contin!ally r!nning !p against imaginary enemies. Po+er goes +ith penetration. and some one is impressed< the infl!ence is comm!nicated to another. they attract all.)ehind. one it is completely erected. and not from negati&e s!spicion. Fno+ledge is al+ays po+er. and acts accordingly. and esteem. )!t the circle of righteo!sness +hich he has set mo&ing. and presently some despairing so!l ten tho!sand miles a+ay hears it and is restored. Tric-sters +ith !nder his strong gaCe. ?e spea-s a +ord in season. a )ird. and shames the )ad. Se)enth pillar – "mpartiality To get rid of pre/!dice is a great achie&ement. 3ife. The sincere man stamps his character !pon all that he does. It s!pporting po+er is to great that. are seen to )e friend. and he reads their contents. and shaping them to+ards s!)lime ends. ?e is on his g!ard +itho!t )eing s!spicio!s. . and he +ho possesses it )ecomes a Presence to all hearts. ?e is prepared for the pretender +itho!t )eing mistr!stf!l. happiness. 1n !nderstanding of the nat!re of actions is accompanied +ith the po+er to meet and deal +ith all actions in the right and )est +ay. and despise her for it. infalli)ly disting!ish them s!ch as a sna-e. ?is direct and !ne8!i&ocal cond!ct strengthens in others the good. (. an act. and also !pon all people +ith +hom he comes in contact. she has one admirer – herself. and )elie&e himself sec!re. ?e percei&es in a mo&ement. contin!es to e$tend and e$tended till it em)races the +hole +orld. Penetration )elongs to the sincere. and the meas!res of their sincerity is the meas!re of their sincerity is the great may )e a man>s intellect he can ne&er )e a permanent leader and g!ide of men !nless he )e sincere. affection. and another. and +ant to get a+ay from it. and he is a staff of strength to those +ho ha&e not yet attained to his so!ndness of heart and head. the Temple of Prosperity is sec!re. ?e is li-e a +oman +ith a painted face.of themsel&es. )!t -no+ledge of the nat!re of actions is s!perlati&e po+er. 3ong after his )odily presence has passed a+ay. 1t first his po+er local and limited. They +ill soon loo. their geni!s. +ho. the nat!re of the man. of their talent. ?e cannot long decei&e the people +ith his painted front. and modifies their actions for good. a loo-. +ill )ecome a man of sing!lar s!ccess and rare po+er. a +ord. loo-ing aro!nd on the o)/ects of nat!re. )!t it is only that he may shortly fall the lo+er in pop!lar odi!m. and prosperity. has gained the po+er to disting!ish the false from the tr!e in others. It +ill stand +hile the man li&es. he is still a mo!lding force in the +orld and is a spirit!al reality +or-ing s!)tly in the minds of men. a sort of o)stacle race to the man of pre/!dice. s!ccess. a horse. +ho ac8!ires a ro)!st so!ndness thro!gho!t his entire )eing. ?e is not decei&ed +ho is not self decei&ed. indeed. )!t la)o!r in right doing can. a race . +hen pre/!dice is remo&ed. S!ch a po+er is prosperity in itself. and the hell of limitation to +hich all the insincere commit themsel&es is the hell of self admiration.
it is a factor in e&ol!tion< it stim!lates men to thin. he compares and sifts it so as to form an impartial s!mming !p in the ca!se of /!stice. and pre/!dice is a range of mental mo!ntains )eyond +hich the partisan does not see. ho+e&er. cannot ha&e tr!th. +hile he praises the good /!dgement of those +ho are one +ith him in his &ie+. ?e mo&es in a -ind of self infat!ation +hich pre&ents him from seeing the commonest facts of life. . +ith refreshment and rest at the end of the day. To ac8!ire impartiality. There are at least t+o sides to e&erything. or tries to reason a+ay. and that all else is error< )!t he is defending his o+n case. nor as in all other e$tremes. The partisan clings to his little. flimsy opinion. )!t the impartial thin-er sees the +hole tr!th +hich incl!des all sides. ho+e&er. 4ot that this !ni&ersal partiality is a )ad thing. considering all the facts and +eighing all the e&idence so as to arri&e at tr!th on the matter. It )inds a man do+n to dar-ness and ignorance. and +itho!t any desire for the predominance of one side o&er another. ?e is not searching for tr!th. ?e fondly imagines that there is )!t one side to e&erything. and that side is his o+n. Each partisan has his o+n case to ma-e o!t. It is necessary that +e find see tr!th in sections. that he thin-s all men o!ght to agree +ith him.in a pleasant co!ntry. gladdening )eholding eyes. conf!sed and painf!l one – to+ards the great high+ay of Tr!th. o&erpo+ering proportions. nat!re here red!ces the oppositions of conflicting parties to a perfect )alance< moreo&er. and he it is +ho finds the tr!th in a matter +ho caref!lly e$amines )oth sides +ith all freedom from e$citement. +hile co!nsel for the defense presents all the facts +hich s!pport his contention. sometimes +itho!t any )asis of fact or -no+ledge. There are fe+ men +ho are not pre/!diced partisans !pon the s!)/ects +hich are of interest to them. ?e is so in lo&e +ith his o+n concl!sion D+hich is only a form of self lo&eE. The partisan sees a portion of the tr!th. 4either does he attempt to pro&e that he has the tr!th )y a calm array of facts and e&idence. and one that can )e +ell )eg!n no+. and thin-s it the greatest thing in the +orld. !ntil. e&en if it cannot )e finished. and he regards men as more or less st!pid +ho do not see as he sees. )!t defends his position +ith more or less heat and agitation. is li-e the impartial thin-er among menA ha&ing listened to all the e&idence on )oth sides.+ho ha&e not yet de&eloped the po+er to ro!se !p &igoro!s tho!ght at +ill. Pre/!dice is a sh!tting !p of the mind against the entrance of ne+ light. and +hat prospects are )lightedG 1nd yet freedom from pre/!dice is a rare thing. +hat friends are sacrificed. It is the are of +hich impartiality is the perfect ro!nd. against the perception of more )ea!ty. 7ne rarely meets a man that +ill dispassionately disc!ss his s!)/ect from )oth sides. +hat happiness is destroyed. Pre/!dice ca!ses a man to form a concl!sion. and it is a phase thro!gh +hich all men ha&e to pass. S!ch a man cannot ha&e -no+ledge. *!t it is only )y+ay – and a tangled. ?e is confined to the sphere of opinion Dto his o+n self created ill!sionsE +hich is o!tside the realm of reality. *y clinging to st!))orn pre/!dice +hat /oys are missed. fleeting. 2ore than this. and thin-s it the +hole. for he is already con&inced that his o+n concl!sion is the tr!th. tr!ly< )!t a nota)le. and pre&ents the de&elopment of his mind in the highest and no)lest directions. as it +ere. Tr!th can 5remo&e mo!ntains6. and stri&ing for &ictory. and confines him to the dar.+herein the o)stacles cannot )e negotiated and the goal is not reached< +hereas to the impartial man life is a day>s +al. +hile his o+n theories – !s!ally more or less gro!ndless – ass!me. The 0!dge in the case. there opens to the &ie+ the !nending &ista of mental &ariety )lended in one glorio!s pict!re of light and shade. against the hearing of di&iner m!sic. 1 great tas-. and each )elittles or ignores.and solitary cell of his o+n egotism. In its di&isions and contro&ersies the +orld at large is li-e t+o la+yers defending a case. the facts of the other. These mo!ntains remo&ed. it also sh!ts him o!t from comm!nion +ith the )est minds. of colo!r and tone. a man m!st remo&e that innate egotism +hich pre&ents him from seeing any thing from any point of &ie+ other than this o+n. and of +hich he does not )elie&e there is any )eyond. and then to ref!se to consider anything +hich does not s!pport that concl!sion< and in this +ay pre/!dice is a complete )arrier to the attainment of -no+ledge. The co!nsel for the prosec!tion presents all the facts +hich pro&e his side. in his mind.
?is one +ish is to disco&er the tr!th. Their attit!de is cosmic and not personal. for he -no+s that tr!th is !naltera)le. e&en tho!gh he sho!ld fly to the desert. already )eg!n to mo&e the +orld. )!t the greatest fig!res in literat!re. and the forming of s!ch circle is the attainment of impartiality.hitman. his deeds. so that dispassionate thin-ing and impartial /!dgement are rendered impossi)le. and +ill one day )e !ni&ersally recogniCed at a ne+ force and creati&e centre in e&ol!tion. he +ill not escape this lofty destiny. +ith freedom from pre/!dice and from li-es and disli-es. These minds are not local. to his opinion. and +ill go from him as perf!me from the flo+er. Sha-espeare. E&ery idea m!st pass thro!gh the medi!m of his partic!lar pre/!dice. )!t an e$alted position in the sphere of infl!ence.directly !pon reality. e&en in his silence and the stillness of his frame. tho!gh !n-no+n. )!t !ni&ersal. . +ho. +eighs. )!t ?e so+ed the seeds of an infl!ence +hich has altered the +hole +orld. he is s!re. has reached the acme of po+er< he holds in his hands. homeless mendicant. and +ho +ill )ring it at last o!t of its fe&er of passion into their o+n serene land. a cler-< he may )e in po&erty or in the home of a millionaire< he may )e short or tall.for themsel&es. for he has grasped the importance of impersonal principles. ?e +as accomplished. The man +ho has so p!rified his mind of pre/!dice and of all the imperfections of egotism as to )e a)le to loo. 4ot necessarily an office in +orldly affairs. and so )ecomes tran8!il and peacef!l. or imagined relation. and that it can )e in&estigated and disco&ered. and he +ill +ield this po+er +hether he -no+s it or not< it +ill )e insepara)le from his life. are those +ho are free from pre/!dice. S!ch are . . in his )odily post!res and the motions of his mind. ?e is not s+ayed )y personal consideration. from the &antage gro!nd of an impartial )!t not indifferent +atcher. ?e +as only a poor. ?e )ecame a penniless. There +as one s!ch some nineteen h!ndred years ago. to occ!py a &ery high position in the estimation of the +orld. and in the g!idance of its destiny. So rare is freedom from pre/!dice that +here&er the impartial thin-er may )e.ha&ing gathered !p all the parts. There may )e s!ch a one no+. li-e tr!e mirrors. and he may )e a carpenter. Emerson. for a great thin-er is the centre of the +orld< )y him all men are held in their or)its and all tho!ght gra&itates to+ards him.here&er he goes. see )oth sides e8!ally. the &astest infl!ence. The tr!e thin-er li&es a)o&e and )eyond the seething +hirlpool of passion in +hich man-ind is eng!lfed. ?e has no case to ma-e o!t for himself. and )eing th!s a noncom)atant in the clashing +arfare of egotistic desires. There +as another s!ch in India some t+enty fi&e cent!ries ago.6 says Emerson< and a man is not a thin-er +ho is )o!nd )y pre/!dice< he is merely the stren!o!s !pholder of an opinion. and +as the son of a capitalist and landed proprietor a petty -ing. he loo-s directly !pon the face of Jeality. ?omer. and to day one third of the h!man race +orship at his shrine. and he came to an ignominio!s end in the eyes of ?is co!ntrymen. It +ill )e in his +ords. and are restrained and ele&ated )y his infl!ence. a +ea&er. They are the gods +ho g!ide the race. and considers. or of any comple$ion. +e may piece them together and form the perfect circle. he can. 5*e+are +hen the great :od lets loose a thin-er on this plane. )!t +hate&er and +here&er he may )e. S!ch a man sees e&erything only in its relation. highly ed!cated. +hereas the thin-er sees things as they are. and grasp the ca!se and meaning of the fray. as it +ere. that his opinions can ma-e no difference to it. effect things impartially. They contain +ithin themsel&es all things and )eings all +orlds and la+s. sooner or later. !nlettered carpenter< ?e +as regarded as a madman )y ?is o+n relati&es. *alCac. and recei&e its colo!r. ?e there)y escapes a &ast amo!nt of friction and ner&o!s +ear and tear to +hich the fe&erish partisan is s!)/ect< and in addition. ?e a)olishes preconcei&ed opinions. he has. The impartial man e$amines. and lets facts and e&idence spea. for that is impro)a)le. 4ot only the :reat Teachers.
is a -ind of ro))er.!stomers +ho try to 5)eat do+n6 a tradesman in their p!rchases are degrading themsel&es.isdom . . e8!ally and f!lly. ?e does not let 5+hat +ill pay6 come )efore 5+hat is right6.as little . the remainder )eing appropriated as clear gain. and so )enefit )y his loss.The tr!e thin-er is the greatest of men. 1 /!st man co!ld no more ta-e from another an !n/!st gain )y +hat is called a 5smart transaction6 that he co!ld ta-e it )y pic-ing his poc-et. and mo!lds his transactions in accordance there+ith. ?e s!pplies 5a good article6 at its right price. and does not alter. The altogether impartial mind has reached the di&ine. for he -no+s that the right pays )est in the end.his o+n )enefit to the disad&antage of another. The )argaining spirit in )!siness is not the tr!e spirit of commerce. 0!stice 2. )oth parties to a transaction. ?e does not soil his hands +ith any )!siness +hich is tainted +ith fra!d. Patience 3. and the people +ho p!rs!e it most assid!o!sly are those +ho complain most of )eing 5imposed on6 and this is not s!rprising. The !pright man p!rges his )!siness of all )argaining. he can )e neither honest. ?e +o!ld regard the one as dishonest as the other.hat is called 5stri-ing a hard )argain6 is a -ind of theft. the tradesman +ho is an$io!s to get all he can o!t of his c!stomers. . and gi&e )ac. The practice of 5)earing do+n6 is altogether a dishonest one. and is slo+ly poisoning his s!ccess. nor genero!s.ustice is the gi&ing and recei&ing of e8!al &al!es. irrespecti&e of /!stice and the right &al!es of things.6 it is only that the )alance may )e ad/!sted later on. )!t are s!re to )ring fail!re. and it )as-s in the f!ll daylight of Jeality. )!t is a -ind of disg!ised thief trying to get all he can. them he +ill )e al+ays meanly and misera)ly mo!rning that he is paying do!)le for e&erything. The seller also enco!rages it )y closing the )argain. 5I ha&e /!st disco&ered that all my life I ha&e )een paying fifty percent. or that they are eager to ca/ole him o!t of his profit Dan e8!ally )ase attit!deE. Said a man of fifty to me other day. If 5one man>s loss is another man>s gain. for his deeds +ill ass!redly come home to him in the form of financial r!in. . for he does not close +ith any transaction +hich he considers !n/!st< )!t if a man is eager to get e&erything at half price. 3et a man a)o&e all a&oid meanness. that either the tradesman is dishonest and is o&ercharging Da lo+. more for e&erything than I o!ght to. The /!st man does not try to gain an ad&antage< he considers the tr!e &al!es of things. +hether in gi&ing or recei&ing and his mind is !ntro!)led and his days are f!ll of peace. Their practice ass!mes one or )oth of t+o things. . The fo!r great elements of impartiality are 1. s!spicio!s attit!de of mindE. ?e does not see. for if not /!st. 7n the other hand. The /!st man is glad to pay f!ll &al!e for e&erything. namely.6 1 /!st man cannot feel that he has e&er paid too m!ch for anything. Bn/!st gains cannot lead to prosperity. and his destiny is the most e$alted.almness 4. nor manly. for he -no+s that a /!st action )enefits. and )!ilds it one the more dignified )asis of /!stice. and stri&e to )e e&er more and more perfectly /!st. It is the selfish and thie&ing spirit +hich +ants to get something for nothing. seeing that they themsel&es are all the time trying to impose !pon others. ?is goods are gen!ine and they are properly priced. It means that the p!rchaser gi&es &al!e for only a portion of his p!rchase.
it enriches the heart and )ea!tifies the mind. pre/!dice. for +ho +o!ld co!rt the company of a man +ho r!dely assa!lts him +ith an impatient and fiery tong!e o&er e&ery little difference or mis!nderstanding. 7ne sho!ld not confo!nd indifference +ith calmness. end!red m!ch.of other men is e8!ally important. 2inds differ.+onders in a man>s life and affairs. . The calm man has partly or entirely con8!ered self. to act for their good. for it is at the opposite e$treme. *!t patience +ins. or a )oy )!ilding his toy engine )!t on !ns+er&ing considerateness. It ma-es the man +ho has s!ffered m!ch.of complaint or criticism falls !pon himG E&en his friends +ill one )y one desert him. It gains the hearts of men. Hiscords from +itho!t +ill )e contin!ally o&erta-ing him. it rises and seethes li-e a stream of +ater that is dammed. ?e is not o&erthro+n. and not alone for himself< to )e considerate. concentrated. The calm man a&oids this dist!r)ance )y directing his feeling from the personal to the impersonal channel. and teach )argainers a )etter +ay )y cond!cting his )!siness +ith that e$alted dignity +hich commands a large and meritorio!s s!ccess. and has come to see that there is nothing in itself that sho!ld ca!se irritation. and has finally con8!ered.of man-ind. as a confirmed impatience all +or. ?e is s!re.de&astation. The calm. +hile calmness is glo+ing life and f!ll or)ed po+er. 1s +ell )e irrita)le +ith a pansy )eca!se it is not a rose. ?e does not content for the merit of his o+n against the demerit of that of others.+ith !nerring po+er. and to )e painsta-ing and patient +ith the shortcomings of h!manity.as possi)le. ?e has p!t aside egotism for tr!th. Indifference is lifelines. Patience is rare. is not only the happiest man. he sees also that the +or. 1 rare possession. )!t he m!st fortify himself against them< he m!st st!dy ho+ to )ring harmonies o!t of them )y the e$ercise of patience. It is a great and glorio!s 8!ality. ?is mind is p!rified. )!t a &irt!e that can )e reached )y degree. and one not to )e e$pected for a long time yet from the )!l. ?e thin-s and feels for others as +ell as for himself. It ta-es a man to -eep his mornings thro!gh all e&ents. so patience o&ercomes all opposition.hen personal feeling is th+arted. ?e m!st learn to thin. It is the peacef!l ha&en of emancipated so!ls after their long +anderings on the tempest ri&en ocean of passion. If he regards his on +or. E&ery cat can spit and f!me< it re8!ires no effort. Strife is commonA it pains the heart and distorts the mind. and is ready at any moment to )e directed !pon a gi&en +or. and the calm man recogniCes the differences as facts in h!man nat!re. poised. an !nchangea)le and gentle strength +hich no trial can mar and no persec!tion can )rea-. and partiality spring from dist!r)ed passions. Et him esche+ all )argaining.as important. 1s Emerson p!ts itA 5.almness is /oy fi$ed and ha)it!al6. impartial man. 4ot a partic!lar patience +ith a partic!lar thing – li-e a girl +ith her needle+or-. It con8!ers and controls. for )earing. Patience is the )rightest /e+el in the character of the impartial man. +ith a sense of self importance. if he is to )e highly prospero!s. as a +ith a man )eca!se he does not see as yo! see. ?e m!st st!dy ho+ to ha&e a heart at peace +ith men +ho differ from him on those things +hich he regards as most &ital. deli)erate. and long s!ffering. ?e m!st a&oid 8!arrelling as he +o!ld a&oid drin-ing a deadly poison. e$ec!ti&e. e$perienced m!ch. li-e ?!mptyd!mpty. for +ho +ill care to deal +ith a man +ho contin!ally going off li-e gro!nd po+der +hen some small spar. and s+iftly and easily accomplishes in silence +hat the irrita)le men slo+ly and la)orio!sly toils thro!gh +ith m!ch nice. 1 man cannot )e impartial +ho is not calm. almness accompanies patience. ?e sets the same &al!e on other men>s opinions as on his o+n. 1 man m!st )egin to +isely control himself. In the calm mind all contradictions are reconciled. The irasci)le man is co!rting speedy disaster. if he is to )e a man of !se and po+er. a s+eetness of disposition at all times and !nder the most trying circ!mstances. )!t only a looseness of )eha&ior. 1s soft +ater +ears a+ay the hardest roc-. it is tr!e. and ha&ing . he also has all his po+ers at his command. and there is radiant gladness and perpet!al peace. and e&en a partial patience +ill +or. and he percei&es the right relations of things. ?e has con8!ered irrita)ility.of others. and to learn the )ea!tif!l lessons of patience. E$citement.
as it does from a modern prophet of a ne+ type and called in a ne+ race. It is almost as s!re to re&eal to the prig the smallness and emptiness of his &anity. and once a man has to!ched and e$perience the impartial Cone. ?e )ecomes a ne+ )eing +ith ne+ aims and po+ers. It is the manliest. . and serene. The man that ne&er says 5no6 +hen 8!estioned on s!)/ects of +hich he is entirely ignorant. The !nderstanding mind needs no e$ternal s!pport. So long as he remains calm. There cannot )e anything mean in self reliance. and -no+s their /o!rneying in /oy and sorro+. he -no+s ho+ to meet and o&ercome it s!ccessf!lly in others. )eing tho!ght ignorant. . ?er co!nsels g!ide him< her +ings shield him< she leads him along pleasant +ays to happy destinations. he is lifted !p and transfig!red. strong. /!st so lo+ and +orthless is other. self depreciation and self conceit. It stands of itself on the firm gro!nd of -no+ledge< not )oo-( -no+ledge. and act of +isdom tells on the +orld at large.s!ccessf!lly )attled +ith the selfishness +ithin. he can reco&er it again and again !ntil he finally esta)lishes himself in it. E&ery tho!ght. as he imagines. *. +ord. yet ne&er &iolates the moral &irt!es or the principles of right cond!ct. In its spacio!s greatness it does not o&erloo. It +as o!tgro+n the +ea-ness and dependence.the small. +ill )e -no+n for his ignorance. . 1n honest confession of ignorance +ill command respect +here a conceited ass!mption of -no+ledge +ill elicit contempt. and therefore -no+s them. It has passed thro!gh all minds. as it is to sho+ the )ashf!l man the +ea-ness and ineffect!ality of his di&idence. There is a degree of +isdom in e&ery act of impartiality. . coming. namely. Eighth pillar – Self+reliance E&ery yo!ng man o!ght to read Emerson>s essay on KSelf Jeliance>. ne&er erring. )!t ripened e$perience. ?e acts for their good. ne&er sinf!l and repentant. Self control is )etter than riches and calmness is a perpet!al )enediction. for as high and e$cellent as is the one. S!ch is the Pillar of impartiality +hich adds its massi&e strength and incompara)le grace to s!pport and )ea!tify the Temple of Prosperity. and contin!ally &iolates the moral &irt!es and the principles of right cond!ct. and is not )!rdened there)y. for it is fra!ght +ith greatness.isdom is a +ell of -no+ledge and a spring of po+er. and !nconscio!s of any restrictions< yet it is ne&er loose. most &irile essay that +as e&er penned. The foolish man cannot adapt himself to others< he acts for himself only. -isdom a)ides +ith the impartial man. and its chief merit is its po+erf!lly tonic 8!ality. It is a ne+ re&elation of manly dignity< as m!ch a re&elation as any that +as &o!chsafed to ancient seer and prophet. poised. It has tra&eled +ith all hearts. )!t confidently p!ts for+ard g!esses and ass!mptions as -no+ledge. eminently s!ited to his mechanic age. 3i-e the +orld also.hen +isdom to!ches a man. . the errors and p!nishments of infantile ignorance. The +ise man adapts himself to others. and perhaps a more practical. and is so e$act and all incl!si&e as to em)race the smallest details. and ill esteemed for his added conceit. 3et not self(reliance )e confo!nded +ith self conceit. In any moral content the calm man is al+ays the &ictor. defeat is impossi)le. The +ise mind is li-e the +orld. it is free. It is profo!nd and comprehensi&e. to a&oid.isdom is many sided. it contains all things in their proper place and order. +hile in self conceit there cannot )e anything great. It is calc!lated to c!re ali-e those t+o mental maladies common to yo!th. gro+n !p )eing of +hom folly +as the crying infant. and he inha)its a ne+ !ni&erse in +hich to accomplish a ne+ and glorio!s destiny. and is erect.isdom is the steady.
either no+ or after I am dead. or for his standing in the ch!rch or his prestige in local society. no prince )orn to the p!rple. It is tr!e that the candidate for s!ch heroism m!st end!re the test of strength. Pride tries to hide its ignorance )y ostentation and ass!mption. they are complementary. shall not loo. They cannot reach the in&inci)le citadel of his honest heart to sting or +o!nd it. apologetic man +ho seems almost afraid to li&e. and +hile the )est minds do not ma-e a prop of him. ?e m!st not )e shamed from his gro!nd )y the )!g)ears of an initiate con&entionalist. *etter than cradling o!r &ices in the strength of the great +o!ld it )e to ne+ly light o!r &irt!es at their l!mino!s lamp. Sooner or later all men +ill t!rn or g!idance to the self reliant man. and the higher it is lifted !p today the lo+er it +ill )e cast do+n tomorro+. p!rity. Pride and &anity m!st not )e associated +ith self rests !pon incidentals and app!rtenances – on money. on ignorance and appearance. 9et +hen he has end!red this test. and is +illing to learn< and +hile there can )e no h!mility +here pride is. )!t that he -no+s that he can +ell afford it. 5Tr!st thyself6. and +e sho!ld !se them as teachers and e$emplars and not as props and peram)!lators. sincerity. is the +isest !tterance on self reliance that I -no+. and ha&e no independent action. !pon e$ternal ma-eshifts instead of standing !pon their o+n nati&e simplicity and original dignity. and do still lean. it is they. and is !n+illing to )e tho!ght a learner in any direction. can )egin to compare +ith the self respect of the saint. said< ( 5Those +ho. The sharp arro+s of irony may rain !pon him. It stands. relying !pon them sel&es only and not relying !pon any e$ternal help. and fall harmless a)o!t him. and see-ing their sal&ation in the tr!th alone. In this saying.The timid. tr!th and +hate&er may )e lost is of little acco!nt. S!ch an attit!de is )orn of a st!))orn s!percilio!sness +hich has the elements of +ea-ness. )egins to ma-e him an e$c!se for spirit!al indolence and a destr!cti&e self(a)asement. and recogniCe his place among the goods that ha&e gone )efore. pro)ity. 5Self – tr!st is the essence of heroism6. rather than the elements of strength and the promise of high achie&ement +hich are characteristic of self – reliance. Thro!gho!t the ages men ha&e so far leaned. . is not a f!ll man. It m!st not )e tho!ght an indication of self reliance to scorn to learn. 1s for ridic!le he +ho is h!rt )y it is no man. and so )ecome a ne+ e$ample instead of the sla&ish follo+er of an old one. )!t holding fast to the tr!th as their lamp. *!t they m!st )e +illing to learn6. clothing. all is lost. among my disciples. the repeated insistence on the necessity for relying !pon one>s self alone. In it. The fe+ +ho ha&e had the co!rage to so stand. and finally accept on his o+n terms. The shafts or moc-ery and sarcasm cannot pierce the strong armo!r of the self reliant man. one that society +ill ha&e to rec-on +ith. and +ill s!)/ect himself to ridic!le. property. I this partic!lar. for these are ne&er lost. Ke&ery heart &i)rates to that iron string6. )!t he la!ghs as they are deflected )y the strong )reast plate of his confidence. resting on the largeness of :od in him=6 It +as *!ddha +ho. co!pled +ith the final e$hortation to )e eager to learn. )!t stands alone in the solitary dignity of tr!th. 5E$tremes meet6 says Emerson 5and there is no )etter e$ample than the ha!ghtiness of h!mility. 1ll great men are self reliant. ha&e )een singled o!t and ele&ated as heroes< and he is indeed the tr!e hero +ho has the hardihood to let his nat!re spea. Self reliance rests !pon essentials and principles on +orth. and straight+ay the +orld )egins to lean !pon him.on his o+n initiati&e. If +e rely !pon the light of another. Self reliance has nothing to hide. ?e m!st not fear for his rep!tation or position. d!ring its little fleeting day.for itself. character. he has )ecome a man indeed. position and these lost. they respect and &al!e his +or. the :reat Teacher comprehends that perfect )alance )et+een self tr!st and h!mility +hich the man of tr!th m!st ac8!ire. and stander and odi!m ha&e failed to mo&e or afflict him. and is prophetic of a fall.hy is he so lo+ly. dar-ness +ill o&er ta-e !s. 1 great man comes +ho leans !pon no one. ?e m!st needs imitate others.and +orth. shall )e a lamp !nto themsel&es. +ho has that strong metal +hich ena)les him to stand !pon his o+n intrinsic +orth. +ho shall reach the &ery top mist height. and the s!)limes form of self reliance is only fo!nd associated +ith the profo!ndest h!mility.for assistance to any one )eside themsel&es. says Emerson. ?e m!st learn to act and li&e as independently of these consideration as he does of the c!rrent fashions in the antipodes. ?e needs that self reliance +hich +ill compel him to fall )ac. prestige. +ho fears that he +ill do something not in the appro&ed +ay. self reliance and h!mility are compati)le. )!t if +e . 4o aristocrat. nay more.
o&erseers. It is a tr!e saying that 5the man that hesitates is lost6. If he does not -no+ his o+n. The time +ill come +hen men +ill no more pay a priest to pray for them and preach to them. and in all positions of control and command. ho+e&er small. ?e m!st -no+ his part in life. and stand sec!rely on that. so that the self tr!sting man )ecomes a rare and sing!lar spectacle. is shortly to find o!rsel&es a)andoned in dar-ness. 5*!t I am so small and poor6. dra+ attention to his fallen nat!re= There is a false h!mility +hich ta-es a sort of pride in &ice. The fo!r grand 8!alities of self reliance areA( 1. There is not a sphere in life +herein a man>s infl!ence and prosperity +ill not )e considera)ly increased )y e&en a meas!re of self reliance.ecision ma-es a man strong. 7!r o+n inner light is the light +hich ne&er fails !s. not !pon +hat another is. Steadfastness 3. ?e m!st 5spea. and if there is any !n+orthiness in him. and to the teacher – +hether sec!lar or religio!s to organiCers. If a man loo. . and +a&ers.hate&er he do!)ts.6 )!t not he that degardeth himself. .hy sho!ld a man. and not as the scri)es6. +ho shall instr!ct him= ?e m!st )e a)le to gi&e a good report of the tr!th that is in him. yo! sayA +ell. Independence . ?e sho!ld )e so +ell gro!nded !pon his partic!lar practice as not to )e affected +ith hesitation on any point or in any emergence. halts.e sho!ld stand !pon +hat +e are. and -no+ .rely !pon o!r o+n light +e ha&e )!t to -eep it )!rning. let him rise and )e cleansed.e may )oth dra+ light from another and comm!nicate it. . ?e m!st master something. .hat is the 5inner light6 of the @!a-ers )!t another name for self reliance= . Hignity 4. stand !pon that smallness. )!t to thin. it is an indispensa)le e8!ipment. and presently it +ill )ecome great. 5?e that h!m)leth shall )e e$alted. and p!t all his energy into it. he m!st )e ready at any time to ans+er for himself +hen his d!ty is imp!gned. +hat can come o!t of him )!t an ineffect!al +riggling.+ith a!thority. If one has fallen. in the drama of life m!st )e decisi&e and -no+ +hat he is a)o!t. and retain and rely !pon that +hich is of +orth.his fallen state. ?enceforth he goes !pon his o+n lim)s. and go on his +ay re/oicing.ho +o!ld deal +ith a tradesman +ho did not -no+ the price of his o+n goods. and cannot e$tricate himself from the tangled threads of t+o co!rses. To ha&e +eight. he sho!ld get rid of it.!pon himself as a 5+orm6. 2an>s chief tro!)le is a mistr!st of himself. 2en pray to :od to p!t into their hands that +hich they are framed to reach o!t for< to p!t into their mo!th the food for +hich they sho!ld stren!o!sly la)o!r. )!t he m!st -no+ his +orthoro!ghly. he m!st not do!)t his po+er to act. and -no+ that he -no+s it. managers. and all s-ill is a comm!nication of tr!th. it is that he may rise and )e the +iser for it. It may )e only the price and 8!ality of stoc-. he does not lie there and call !pon e&ery passer )y to mar. a man m!st ha&e some tr!th to impart.it s!fficient +hile o!r o+n lamp is r!sting in neglect. 1 man is only de)ased +hen he de)ases himself< he is e$alted +hen he li&es an e$alted life. 1 man +ho is to play a spea-ing part. or +as not s!re +here to find them= 1 man m!st -no+ his )!siness. 4o one )elie&es in him +ho does not )elie&e in himself. . he gets !p and goes on his +ay +ith greater care. ?e m!st ha&e some solid gro!nd of -no+ledge from +hich to +or-. +ho do!)ts. Tr!ly.ertainty is a great element in self reliance. The +earer is the +ea-ling. Hecision 2. 1 man sho!ld see himself as he is. . +ith ceaseless iterations. )!t not so man. So if one has fallen into the ditch of &ice. 1 )a)e m!st needs s!c-le and cling. if a man falls into a ditch. *!t men +ill o!tgro+ this spirit!al infancy. m!st ha&e that decei&e to!ch +hich s-ill and -no+ledge only can impart.
2a-e !p yo!r mind 8!ic-ly. The man that is &icio!s thro!gh e$cess of animal strength ta-es a shorter c!t to tr!th – +hen his mind is made !p that he +ho is &icio!s thro!gh lac. light !p his path+ay thro!gh all dar-ness and diffic!lties. and the &ices of +ea-ness do more to !ndermine character and infl!ence than the &ices of strength. ?a&ing adopted his principles.ignity clothes. )!t in the latter. ?e sho!ld decide !pon those principles +hich are )est to stand )y in all iss!es. and it is )etter to act +ith decision and ma-e a mista-e than to act +ith indecision and ma-e a mista-e than to act +ith indecision and ma-e a mista-e. so as to deal +ith it l!cidly and !nderstandingly. It only needs that strength to )e t!rned from )ad to good. ha&e a mind that is already made !p and then decision +ill )e instincti&e and spontaneo!s.the c!rrent of s!ccess. determined mind. carries a)o!t +ith him a dignity that calms and !plifts others )y its presence. and not to remain al+ays an apprentice.of &irility. The man +itho!t fi$ed principles +ill not accomplish m!ch. 1 man sho!ld )e decided al+ays. it +ill not s!rprise him that the dr!n-ards and harlots sho!ld reach the -ingdom of hea&en )efore the diplomatic religionists. no calm compos!re. a resting place from sorro+. he +ill find no room for halting )et+een t+o opinions.to decide. . the mind that is not anchored to any fi$ed principles. 2en +ho are afraid to decide 8!ic-ly for fear of ma-ing a mista-e. more e&en than life itself. Shiftiness is a &ice of +ea-ness. Indecision is a disintegrating factor. and if he ne&er deserts them he +ill find that they +ill ne&er desert him< they +ill defend him from all enemies. as 8!ic. in tho!ght and action. and act decisi&ely. *etter still. are less lia)le to )l!nder. They +ill )e to him a light in dar-ness. It is indeed a final decision !pon the )est co!rse of cond!ct and the )est path in life. 1 min!te>s faltering may t!rn )ac. and acts from the simple tr!th. nearly al+ays ma-es a mista-e +hen they do act. deli&er him safely from all dangers. in +hich a man is contin!ally stic-ing in the shifting m!d of his o+n moral looseness.that he has mastered it. for !ns+er&ing loyalty to a fi$ed principle is the spirit of all &o+s. The 8!ic-est. no )alance. and loG The loathed sinner has )ecome the lofty saintG 1 man sho!ld ha&e a firm. and +hose chief &ice consists in not ha&ing a mind of his o+n !pon anything. in the +ay of a master. that is st!))orn +here its o+n desires are threatened. If he stands !pon fact. . ?e +ho is as !nyielding as a )ar of steel +hen he is e$pected to compromise +ith e&il. They are at least thro!gh in the co!rse +hich they ha&e adopted. and inspire him +ith !nflinching co!rage in the )attle of life. It is the &o+ of the so!l to stand firmly )y its principles +hate&er )etide. fi$ed. for in the former case there is )!t error.hen one !nderstands that po+er is adapta)le to )oth good and )ad ends. ?e sho!ld )e as ready to say 5no6 as 5yes6. It is neither necessary nor !nnecessary that there )y any +ritten or spo-en &o+. they sho!ld )e more to him than gain or happiness.to ac-no+ledge his ignorance as to impart his -no+ledge. The !nsteady mind. the steadfast mind. and yielding +here its o+n moral +elfare is at sta-e. 7ne m!st ha&e some solid gro!nd on +hich to stand among one>s fello+s. and a ref!ge from the conflicts of the +orld. )oth +here he -no+s and +here he does not -no+. +ea-ness is added to error. and as s!pple as a +illo+ +and in adapting himself to that +hich is good. ?e cannot stand on the )og of concession. and is pric-ed and scratched +ith the thorns of his self created disappointments. and +hich +ill most safely g!ide him thro!gh the maCe of conflicting opinions. &ile tho!gh it )e. and thoro!ghness is strength. . E$pediency is a 8!agmire and a thorny +aste. as +ith a ma/estic garment. +teadfastness arises in the mind that is 8!ic. has no gra&ity.
self reliant. and . the fo!rfold nat!re of the material of +hich each is composed. 1 man sho!ld la)o!r for himself or for the comm!nity. not only that he is s!premely self respecting. a +ord. end!ring and ma/estic. gi&ing nothing in ret!rn. Th!s is the nat!re of the Eight Pillars e$plained. and +ill )e no longer respecta)le. come thro!gh la)o!r and not from idleness. 7nly he +ho is self s!pporting is free. all may no+ )!ild< and he +ho -ne+ )!t imperfectly may -no+ more perfectly< and he +ho -ne+ perfectly may re/oice in this systematiCation and simplification of the moral order in Prosperity. and ta-es his place as one of the m!ltit!de of the !n+ise and !ncontrolled. agreements. *!t the chief reason +hy the dignified man commands respect is. +ith hand or )rain. So long as man a)ides )y s!ch a principle. It only needs that the principle )e right. and therefore !nassaila)le. so that the greater the self lo&e. and the self reliant man is too strong. mar-ets. he stands !pon the di&ine la+. too !pright to depend !pon others. and ho+ they s!pport the Temple. the end!rance of its roof. the manner of their )!ilding. e&en Das matters are no+E a respecta)le drone and not a poor tramp. )!siness transactions. for immediately a man gi&es +ay to passion he has sacrificed dignity. +hat positions they occ!py. pre/!dices and interests. Tr!e dignity arises. and fall into personal feeling and pre/!dice. his dignity +o!ld )e gone. )ecomes all. 3et !s no+ consider the Temple itself. or is mentally irresponsi)le. )eca!se he has ceased to tread !pon and ensla&e himself. profit and loss in &ario!s !nderta-ings. impermanent and fleeting> )ecomes nothing. 1ll men aspire to some sort of freedom. freedom. independent. any attempt to demean him. +ith the rare facilities +hich they afford. ho+e&er po+erf!l. to )e a drone in the h!man hi&e. So +ith the man of stately p!rity of character.and ineffect!al )efore the !ncon8!era)le strength of an incorr!pti)le principle. +ill )e a p!)lic disgrace. ?is mere presence is a +holesome reproof to the flippant and the !nseemly. let him -no+ that it is one of the lo+est forms of sla&ery. for the good of the comm!nity. ?e earns. The time +ill come +hen. The dignity of the 0!dge arises from the fact that in the performance of his d!ty he sets aside all personal consideration. and stands solely !pon the la+< his little personality. 1.+ith a &ie+ to o)taining information on the details of money ma-ing.The man of dignity cannot )e do+n(trodden and ensla&ed. a +ise and s!ggesti&e silence. E&ery man +ill ha&e compos!re and dignity in the meas!re that he acts from a fi$ed principle. glorio!s li)erty. from !n)iased adherence to a fi$ed central principle. and treats those )eneath it +ith s!percilio!s contempt. +ill )e +ea. !he temple of prosperity The reader +ho has follo+ed the co!rse of this )oo. forget the la+. contracts. Sho!ld a 0!dge. attac-ing passions. Independence. prices. ?e at once disarms. a chronic in&alid. )!t that he gracio!sly treats all others +ith a d!e esteem. that +e may -no+ the might of its Pillars. If one imagines that s!ch a condition is freedom. and not !pon personal feeling.. for lo&e of self and contempt for others are al+ays fo!nd together in e8!al degrees. +ith a loo-. 1ll men lo&e and stri&e for li)erty. +hile the la+. and +ill at last yield their com)ined and !nseemly conf!sion to his single and ma/estic right. the strength of its +alls. and does not +a&er or descend into the personal element. for his s!pport. for riches are no e$c!se for idleness< rather are they an opport!nity to la)o!r. in deciding a case. li-e a s!c-ing )a)e. their ingredients. not from self lo&e. and the architect!ral )ea!ty and perfection of the +hole. he sho!ld )e ashamed to depend !pon others for all he has. 7n +hat fo!ndation they rest. Pride lo&es itself. the greater the arrogance. +hile it is a roc.of strength to the lo&er of the good. Bnless he is a cripple. the right to li&e as )ecomes a man and a citiCen< and this he does +hether )orn rich or poor. %ndependence is the )irthright of the strong and +ell controlled man. too hono!ra)le. )!t from self sacrifice that is.
and are eternal and !nchangea)le. ?e +ho is in&ol&ed in n!mero!s details +itho!t the reg!lating and synthesiCing element of principles is li-e one lost in a forest. an attit!de of mind. commerce. ill!mined )y the light of the principle to +hich they stand related. stri&e to get them for their o+n en/oyment. The spirit )eing +ithdra+n. and so seen. leis!re. and all things o)ser&e their o+n la+. ?e +ill grasp. The details of a man>s affairs are important. )!t. +hile principles are !ni&ersally right and are necessary for all men. ?e is s+elled !p )y the details. +ill ha&e noted an entire a)sence of any instr!ction on these matters of detail.spirit of moral &irt!e. Hetails cannot stand alone. as primary matters. The reason for this is fo!rfold. +ill )e a)le to reach the heart of this fo!rfold reason. +hile the other man can only see the fe+ that are nearest to him at the time. as it +ere. "hird. ?e +ho grasps the principles of this )oo. the spirit of gið life. It is an error to &ie+ things apart from their nat!re. as in religion. and all o!tside that )ranch are not concerned +ith them. )!t they are his details or the details of his partic!lar )ranch of ind!stry. and the spirit of prosperity is the 8!ic. Prosperity is at first a spirit. Hetails are infinite. Fourth. and +ill see them thro!gh and thro!gh. +ith no direct path along +hich to +al. )!t only in its relation to the &i&ifying principles )y +hich it is controlled. Bntil principles are grasped. 2oral )lindness pre&ails. property. To ha&e the )ody of prosperity – its material presentation – +e m!st first ha&e the spirit of prosperity. and m!st not allo+ himself to )e dra+n a+ay from them into the e&er(changing maCe of pri&ate partic!lars and personal details. +econd. and dealt +ith. These +ithdra+n. and go&ern all partic!lars. In the light of principles. happiness. +hen o)tained. +hile the man of principles contains all details +ithin himself< he stands o!tside them. +hile principles are fe+. they are seen to )e secondary facts. and this +itho!t friction. details are regarded. and +ith freedom from an$iety and strain. so that to ha&e right principles is to )e right in all the s!)sidiary details. +hich manifests o!t+ardly in the form of plenty. a life.so as to )e a)le to intelligently practice them. Principles are the coherent factors in all details. )!t m!st de&elop and ac8!ire the so!l of &irt!e. 0!st as a man cannot )ecome a geni!s )y +riting poems. the entire details in one single tho!ght. The man +ho +or-s from fi$ed principles does not need to harass himself o&er the complications of n!mero!s details.other matters connected +ith the achie&ement of prosperity. the )!siness +ill perish. 1 teacher of tr!th in any direction must adhere rigidly to principles. )eca!se s!ch partic!lars and details ha&e only a local right. they find no en/oyment in them.amid the mass of o)/ects. /oy.. all diffic!lties connected +ith them are at once o&ercome and ann!lled )y a reference to principles. etc. and )y gaining property and possessions. The )ody of a )!siness. reg!lating and harmoniCing them. )!t moral principles are the same for all men< they are applica)le to all conditions. as it +ere. a moral po+er. +hen . namelyA( First. and so &ie+ed they lead to inn!mera)le complications and conf!sed iss!es. that 5the letter -illeth. pleas!re. +ith all its complicated details is important. )!t m!st de&elop and ac8!ire the so!l of geni!s – +hen the +riting +ill follo+ as effect to ca!se(so one cannot )ecome prospero!s )y hoarding !p money. essay as plays. They are the la+s of things. and are ceaselessly changing. and are only necessary for certain indi&id!als. science. It is as tr!e in art. is important. literat!re. Hetails are the letter of +hich principles are the spirit. 2en see money. )!t are po+erless to )!ild !p anything !nless intelligently related to principles. and.6 The )ody of a man. the )ody is !seless and is p!t a+ay. and grasps them in their entirety. mista-ing them for prosperity. )!t only in its relation to the spirit. 1ll things are contained in principles. +ith its +onderf!l com)ination of parts.
tr!e.hen a rich man is happy. These things are dead and lifeless. for the spirit of &irt!e is the spirit of /oy. complete< and thro!gh all he +ill ha&e a 8!iet conscience. +holeness. all satisfaction. They are merely enc!m)ered +ith money. Tr!e +ealth is +eal. ?e m!st possess them. ?e is a f!ll man +ith f!ll material ad&antages and responsi)ilities. . let him first )e free +ithin. or &ice. as instr!ments of self tort!re.of his life +ill )e so!nd. the conser&ation of )oth capital and character. ?o+ can it )e said of a +retched man that he is 5prospero!s6. for +hate&er fail!res he may ha&e in detail. and necessary things. and contracts. s!)ser&ient to order. ho+ can the possession of money li)erate himG . and not merely hoard them. +ystem / 2a-ing all details. They m!st )e dependent !pon him. the latter )eing mental capital. and not that the riches )ro!ght happiness to him. )!t in their relation to the mental and moral ca!se. and leis!re. +hile the misera)le rich man is an empty man loo-ing to riches for that f!llness of life +hich can only )e e&ol&ed from +ithin. then. m!st not )e considered alone.oncentration of po+er. magnanimo!s. selfishness. in all the +ide !ni&erse. there is no /oy in property.6 I -no+ rich people +ho are s!premely happy. %ntegrity / Bns+er&ing honesty< -eeping in&iolate all promises. +ell )eing. The +retched rich are not tr!ly +ealthy. a ready instr!ment )y +hich to f!rther ensla&e himself= The &isi)le effects of prosperity. in his hands. +hole. 3et !s )riefly recapit!late. and ha&e not de&eloped the spirit of good and of /oy +ithin themsel&es. The moral man is e&er )lessed. The spirit of /oy m!st )e in the man or it is no+here. and there)y relie&ing the memory and the mind of s!perfl!o!s +orand strain )y red!cing many to one. Energy / Jo!sing one>s self !p to stren!o!s and !nremitting e$ertion in the accomplishment of one>s tas-. )eca!se they are genero!s. There is a hidden fo!ndation to e&ery )!ilding< the fact that it contin!es to stands is proof of that. and happiness. apart from all considerations of loss or gain.the material accessories +ill follo+ as effect to ca!se. for if he )e )o!nd in a spirit )y +ea-ness. *y their possessions they are self c!rsed. ?e m!st ha&e the +isdom to -no+ ho+ to !se these things. Th!s prosperity resol&es itself into a moral capacity. and his life. all f!llness of life. e&en if his income )e ten tho!sand po!nds a year= There m!st )e fitness. and in the +isdom to rightf!lly !se and la+f!lly en/oy the material things +hich are insepara)le from o!r earthly life. and not he !pon them. Prosperity stands on the fo!ndation of character.ill it not rather )ecome. it is that he )ro!ght the spirit of happiness to his riches. is al+ays a s!ccess. To these there is no e$ception. They m!st )e dependent !pon him. any other fo!ndation. and it contains +ithin itself all a)!ndance. and harmony. If one +o!ld )e free +itho!t. and all manifold )lessings +hich are insepara)le from richness of character. l!$!ry. They m!st follo+ him. p!re and /oyf!l< )!t I also -no+ rich people +ho are &ery misera)le. &ie+ed as a +hole. Economy / . and not )e for e&er )e r!nning after them< and they +ill ine&ita)ly follo+ him. and 5the Fingdom of :od is +ithin yo!. there is no /oy in material acc!m!lations or in any material things of itself. and satisfaction in a tr!e prosperity. and not )e possessed )y them. +elfare. There is no /oy in money. and there is not. if he has the moral elements +ithin to +hich they are related. ?e m!st ha&e +ithin him the capacity for happiness. and again &ie+ the Eight Pillars in their strength and splendo!r. an honora)le name. e&er happy. and not he !pon them. There is a hidden fo!ndation to e&ery from of esta)lished s!ccess< its permanence pro&es that it is so. agreements. financial riches +ill not a&ail or satisfy. and therefore of the !tmost importance. and +itho!t this moral richness. and these are they +ho loo-ed to money and possessions for their happiness. the finished +or. 4othing is a)sent from the Fingdom of hea&en< it contains all good. so!ndness. .
for they are so simple and plain that a child co!ld grasp their meaning. and not ass!ming good actions openly +hile doing )ad actions in secret. )ric. and call from the highest degree of self sacrifice and self effacement. and a)o&e all. It is foolish. +hile it +as in the )!ilding6. for the first fo!r Pillars must )e +ell )!ilt )efore the Temple of Prosperity can stand sec!re. at present. for to so desert them is to ma-e one>s self &!lnera)le to the disintegrating elements of e&il. s!ch attri)!tion of fail!re to honesty is a sl!r on the integrity of commerce< and a false indictment of those men. to attri)!te a man>s fail!re in )!siness to his honest. for the second fo!r are of so lofty a character that at present men can )!t possess them. for in the raising !p of his. ?is temple +ill gi&e +ay at that +ea. and to )ecome assaila)le to acc!sations from others. 5there +as neither hammer nor a$e nor any tool of iron heard in the ho!se. in a more or less imperfect form. and tenderness< )eing open handed. or in one of the many lines of ind!stry in +hich men are commonly engaged. and it m!st )e patiently raised !p. if a man )e strong in the first three. and la)o!r and care +ill )e needed to ma-e the +hole complete. *y these fi$ed principles he m!st reg!late his tho!ght. ho+e&er. and not the possession. The man of the +orld. ho+e&er.+ympathy / 2agnanimity. and his affairs< cons!lting them in e&ery diffic!lty. 1 man may )e strong in Energy. It +ill )e fo!nd. ro)!st and tr!e< and therefore not )eing one person in p!)lic and another in pri&ate. +incerity / *eing so!nd and +hole. )!t the fe+ +ho accomplish this in any mar-ed degree +ill &astly enlarge their po+ers and enrich their life. tho!gh it demands some self denial and personal discipline +itho!t +hich there can )e no s!ccess in this +orld of action. )!t +eighing )oth sides.and stone !pon stone. and -ind. and their perfection in cond!ct does not call for an !n!s!al degree of self sacrifice. ma-ing e&ery detail ser&e them. 1nd the )!ilding of this inner mental Temple is none the less real and s!)stantial )eca!se in&isi)le and noiseless. and +ill adorn their Temple of Prosperity +ith a sing!lar and attracti&e )ea!ty +hich +ill gladden and ele&ate all )eholders long after they ha&e passed a+ay. and System. can reach that detachment from the personal element +hich their perfect practice demands. S!ch a man +ill /!st fail of complete s!ccess )y lac-ing one of the fo!r corner pillars. never deserting them under any circumstance to gain some personal advantage or to save some personal trouble. 2oreo&er. Economy. generosity. and the Pillars m!st )e firmly fi$ed and cemented. especially of the first fo!r. )!t comparati&ely +ea. and not relying !pon o!t+ard things +hich at any moment may )e snatched a+ay. They are the first 8!alities to )e ac8!ired in a man>s moral e&ol!tion. It is impossi)le for honesty to prod!ce fail!re. Fe+. Integrity. and lac. that men are often strong in one or se&eral of these 8!alities. 1gain. The ca!se of fail!re m!st )e loo-ed for in some other direction – in the lac-. %mpartiality / 0!stice< not stri&ing for self. *!t those +ho are )eginning to )!ild their Temple of Prosperity in accordance +ith the teaching of this )oo-. and +ea. and acting in accordance +ith e8!ity. and it is this +ea. )y practice. are principles of a more profo!nd nat!re. his cond!ct. namely. +ith rare e$ceptions.element that in&ites fail!re. as of Solomon>s Temple +hich +as 5se&en years in )!ilding6 – it can )e said. the first fo!r moral Pillars. n!mero!s eno!gh. and it +ill stand sec!re. +ho +ishes to sec!re an a)iding s!ccess in any )ranch of commerce. +hate&er it may )e< his Temple of Prosperity +ill )e +ell )!ilt and +ell s!pported. m!st )ear in mind that a )!ilding re8!ires time to erect. free. are more diffic!lt to !nderstand and practice. . must )!ild into his character. gentleness. ?o+ can any life )e other than s!ccessf!l +hich is )!ilt on these Eight Pillars= Their strength is s!ch that no physical or intellect!al strength can compare +ith it< and to ha&e )!ilt all the eight perfectly +o!ld render a man in&inci)le. of some good necessary 8!ality.the fo!rth. The second fo!r pillars. for instance. ?e +ho so a)ides )y these fo!r principles +ill achie&e a f!ll meas!re of s!ccess in his o+n partic!lar +or-. then.in the other fi&e. +elf / !eliance / 3oo-ing to one>s self only for strength and s!pport )y standing on principles +hich are fi$ed and in&inci)le.corner. the a)sence of order +ill in&ite conf!sion and disaster into his affairs< and so on +ith any partial com)ination of these 8!alities.!pon )ric. +ho are hono!ra)ly engaged in trade. and +itho!t them the second fo!r cannot )e possessed.in others. The perfect practice of these fo!r principles is +ithin the scope of all men +ho are +illing to st!dy them +ith that o)/ect in &ie+.
oh reader constr!ct thy character. +itho!t !ncertainty. and so )e n!m)ered among the +ise +ho. )!ild !pon a fi$ed and sec!re fo!ndation – e&en !pon the Principles of Tr!th +hich end!re for e&er. *e not as the foolish +ho rise and fall !pon the !ncertain fl!$ of selfish desiresA )!t )e at peace in thy la)o!r.E&en so. raise !p the ho!se of thy life. cro+n thy career +ith completeness. . )!ild !p thy Temple of Prosperity.
Details cannot stand alone. A man should labour for himself or for the community. will be a public disgrace. while principles are few. and are ceaselessly changing. with the rare facilities which they afford. The reason for this is fourfold. and he who knew but imperfectly may know more perfectly. All men love and strive for liberty. and will be no longer respectable. and how they support the Temple. He earns. that we may know the might of its Pillars. to be a drone in the human hive. however powerful. and the self reliant man is too strong. for riches are no excuse for idleness. 10. Unless he is a cripple. like a sucking babe. and therefore unassailable. what positions they occupy. rather are they an opportunity to labour. Independence is the birthright of the strong and well controlled man. and other matters connected with the achievement of prosperity. or is mentally irresponsible. the strength of its walls. for the good of the community. for immediately a man gives way to passion he has sacrificed dignity. even (as matters are now) a respectable drone and not a poor tramp. let him know that it is one of the lowest forms of slavery. self reliant. all may now build. come through labour and not from idleness. independent. and does not waver or descend into the personal element. Second. the endurance of its roof. their ingredients. If one imagines that such a condition is freedom. he should be ashamed to depend upon others for all he has. and takes his place as one of the multitude of the unwise and uncontrolled. freedom. The temple of prosperity The reader who has followed the course of this book with a view to obtaining information on the details of money making. will be weak and ineffectual before the unconquerable strength of an incorruptible principle.feeling. Only he who is self supporting is free. prices. but are powerless to build up anything unless intelligently related to principles. and the architectural beauty and perfection of the whole. Independence. prejudices and interests. markets. and are eternal and unchangeable. Every man will have composure and dignity in the measure that he acts from a fixed principle. giving nothing in return. On what foundation they rest. and will at last yield their combined and unseemly confusion to his single and majestic right. glorious liberty. business transactions. So long as man abides by such a principle. Let us now consider the Temple itself. and this he does whether born rich or poor. Details are infinite. with hand or brain. the manner of their building. profit and loss in various undertakings. The time will come when. will have noted an entire absence of any instruction on these matters of detail. and he who knew perfectly may rejoice in this systematization and simplification of the moral order in Prosperity. contracts. too honourable. the fourfold nature of the material of which each is composed. namely:First. agreements. . too upright to depend upon others. attacking passions. Thus is the nature of the Eight Pillars explained. It only needs that the principle be right. for his support. All men aspire to some sort of freedom. a chronic invalid. the right to live as becomes a man and a citizen.
strive to get them for their own enjoyment. the business will perish. as primary matters. and govern all particulars. that “the letter killeth. an attitude of mind. and this without friction. when the material accessories will follow as effect to cause. the spirit of giveth life. but must develop and acquire the soul of genius – when the writing will follow as effect to cause-so one cannot become prosperous by hoarding up money. The spirit being withdrawn. with its wonderful combination of parts. All things are contained in principles. which manifests outwardly in the form of plenty. property. while the other man can only see the few that are nearest to him at the time. and with freedom from anxiety and strain. as it were. for . In the light of principles. happiness. mistaking them for prosperity. but must develop and acquire the soul of virtue. and are only necessary for certain individuals. but only in its relation to the vivifying principles by which it is controlled. Principles are the coherent factors in all details. He is swelled up by the details. Men see money. science. but they are his details or the details of his particular branch of industry. and will see them through and through.Third. as it were. Just as a man cannot become a genius by writing poems. and grasps them in their entirety. and all things observe their own law. and the spirit of prosperity is the quick spirit of moral virtue. he stands outside them. The body of a business. joy.” The body of a man. and. The details of a man’s affairs are important. etc. literature. To have the body of prosperity – its material presentation – we must first have the spirit of prosperity.. Prosperity is at first a spirit. and must not allow himself to be drawn away from them into the ever-changing maze of private particulars and personal details. Fourth. pleasure. the entire details in one single thought. and by gaining property and possessions. will be able to reach the heart of this fourfold reason. They are the laws of things. Details are the letter of which principles are the spirit. the body is useless and is put away. but only in its relation to the spirit. illumined by the light of the principle to which they stand related. and so seen. Until principles are grasped. they are applicable to all conditions. all difficulties connected with them are at once overcome and annulled by a reference to principles. It is as true in art. but moral principles are the same for all men. and dealt with. with no direct path along which to walk amid the mass of objects. essay as plays. and so viewed they lead to innumerable complications and confused issues. while principles are universally right and are necessary for all men. A teacher of truth in any direction must adhere rigidly to principles. details are regarded. He who grasps the principles of this book so as to be able to intelligently practice them. a moral power. leisure. while the man of principles contains all details within himself. but. He who is involved in numerous details without the regulating and synthesizing element of principles is like one lost in a forest. and all outside that branch are not concerned with them. Moral blindness prevails. is important. He will grasp. because such particulars and details have only a local right. It is an error to view things apart from their nature. The man who works from fixed principles does not need to harass himself over the complications of numerous details. regulating and harmonizing them. when obtained. These withdrawn. they find no enjoyment in them. they are seen to be secondary facts. as in religion. with all its complicated details is important. so that to have right principles is to be right in all the subsidiary details. commerce. a life.
and leisure. soundness.the spirit of virtue is the spirit of joy. must not be considered alone. in his hands. How can it be said of a wretched man that he is “prosperous”. luxury. financial riches will not avail or satisfy. whole. and satisfaction in a true prosperity. wholeness. and there is not. there is no joy in property. and without this moral richness. any other foundation. If one would be free without. and not he upon them. and happiness. in all the wide universe. but I also know rich people who are very miserable. then.” I know rich people who are supremely happy. . pure and joyful. all satisfaction. and “the Kingdom of God is within you. These things are dead and lifeless. and these are they who looked to money and possessions for their happiness. and it contains within itself all abundance. its permanence proves that it is so. but in their relation to the mental and moral cause. and through all he will have a quiet conscience. and not be for ever be running after them. They must be dependent upon him. Let us briefly recapitulate. He is a full man with full material advantages and responsibilities. He must have within him the capacity for happiness. a ready instrument by which to further enslave himself? The visible effects of prosperity. They are merely encumbered with money. for if he be bound in a spirit by weakness. an honorable name. or vice. The wretched rich are not truly wealthy. Thus prosperity resolves itself into a moral capacity. They must follow him. The spirit of joy must be in the man or it is nowhere. all fullness of life. When a rich man is happy. it is that he brought the spirit of happiness to his riches. let him first be free within. True wealth is weal. because they are generous. if he has the moral elements within to which they are related. and they will inevitably follow him. is always a success. He must have the wisdom to know how to use these things. There is a hidden foundation to every building. and not that the riches brought happiness to him. and his life. magnanimous. the finished work of his life will be sound. even if his income be ten thousand pounds a year? There must be fitness. and all manifold blessings which are inseparable from richness of character. There is no joy in money. Prosperity stands on the foundation of character. there is no joy in material accumulations or in any material things of itself. viewed as a whole. and not be possessed by them. well being. true. Energy – Rousing one’s self up to strenuous and unremitting exertion in the accomplishment of one’s task. selfishness. Nothing is absent from the Kingdom of heaven. There is a hidden foundation to every from of established success. while the miserable rich man is an empty man looking to riches for that fullness of life which can only be evolved from within. it contains all good. and again view the Eight Pillars in their strength and splendour. The moral man is ever blessed. and not he upon them. To these there is no exception. and in the wisdom to rightfully use and lawfully enjoy the material things which are inseparable from our earthly life. and harmony. ever happy. how can the possession of money liberate him! Will it not rather become. for whatever failures he may have in detail. By their possessions they are self cursed. complete. and not merely hoard them. welfare. He must possess them. and have not developed the spirit of good and of joy within themselves. the fact that it continues to stands is proof of that. They must be dependent upon him. as instruments of self torture. and necessary things.
such attribution of failure to honesty is a slur on the integrity of commerce. and his affairs. and above all. being open handed. generosity. and to become assailable to accusations from others. and therefore not being one person in public and another in private. however. Integrity. and so on with any partial combination of these qualities. It is impossible for honesty to produce failure. Again. and tenderness. the first four moral Pillars. The man of the world. How can any life be other than successful which is built on these Eight Pillars? Their strength is such that no physical or intellectual strength can compare with it. free. agreements. the absence of order will invite confusion and disaster into his affairs. making every detail serve them. gentleness. It will be found. for instance. The perfect practice of these four principles is within the scope of all men who are willing to study them with that object in view. consulting them in every difficulty. and not relying upon outward things which at any moment may be snatched away. then. and without them the second four cannot be possessed. System – Making all details. and acting in accordance with equity. He who so abides by these four principles will achieve a full measure of success in his own particular work. By these fixed principles he must regulate his thought. especially of the first four. They are the first qualities to be acquired in a man’s moral evolution. who wishes to secure an abiding success in any branch of commerce. and not the possession. to attribute a man’s failure in business to his honest. if a man be strong in the first three. not striving for self. and contracts. for to so desert them is to make one’s self vulnerable to the disintegrating elements of evil. for the second four are of so lofty a character that at present men can but possess them. with rare exceptions. It is foolish. by practice. or in one of the many lines of industry in which men are commonly engaged. that men are often strong in one or several of these qualities. the conservation of both capital and character. The cause of failure must be looked for in some other direction – in the lack. and weak in others.Economy – Concentration of power. Moreover. whatever it may be. in a more or less imperfect form. His temple will give way at that weak corner. Self – Reliance – Looking to one’s self only for strength and support by standing on principles which are fixed and invincible. and not assuming good actions openly while doing bad actions in secret. numerous enough. his Temple of Prosperity will be well built and well supported. and a false indictment of those men. Impartiality – Justice. Sincerity – Being sound and whole. A man may be strong in Energy. and System. and their perfection in conduct does not call for an unusual degree of self sacrifice. but comparatively weak in the other five. must build into his character. and kind. the latter being mental capital. of some good necessary quality. robust and true. but weighing both sides. Integrity – Unswerving honesty. and lack the fourth. who are honourably engaged in trade. never deserting them under any circumstance to gain some personal advantage or to save some personal trouble. subservient to order. namely. keeping inviolate all promises. Economy. his conduct. and to have built all the eight perfectly would render a man invincible. and therefore of the utmost importance. Such a man will just fail of complete success by lacking one of the four corner pillars. and it will stand secure. Sympathy – Magnanimity. though it demands some self denial and personal discipline without which there can be no success in this world . and it is this weak element that invites failure. for the first four Pillars must be well built before the Temple of Prosperity can stand secure. apart from all considerations of loss or gain. and thereby relieving the memory and the mind of superfluous work and strain by reducing many to one. for they are so simple and plain that a child could grasp their meaning.
must bear in mind that a building requires time to erect. But those who are beginning to build their Temple of Prosperity in accordance with the teaching of this book. however. are more difficult to understand and practice. build up thy Temple of Prosperity. crown thy career with completeness. And the building of this inner mental Temple is none the less real and substantial because invisible and noiseless. can reach that detachment from the personal element which their perfect practice demands. and the Pillars must be firmly fixed and cemented. at present. for in the raising up of his. and it must be patiently raised up. and so be numbered among the wise who. without uncertainty. as of Solomon’s Temple which was “seven years in building” – it can be said. but the few who accomplish this in any marked degree will vastly enlarge their powers and enrich their life. oh reader construct thy character. Few. are principles of a more profound nature. brick upon brick and stone upon stone. and call from the highest degree of self sacrifice and self effacement. The second four pillars.of action. and labour and care will be needed to make the whole complete. “there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house. raise up the house of thy life. build upon a fixed and secure foundation – even upon the Principles of Truth which endure for ever. and will adorn their Temple of Prosperity with a singular and attractive beauty which will gladden and elevate all beholders long after they have passed away. Even so. Be not as the foolish who rise and fall upon the uncertain flux of selfish desires: but be at peace in thy labour. . while it was in the building”.