Menticulture - Theory
( Originally Published 1901 )
All of the evil passions are traceable to one of two roots.
ANGER is the root of all the aggressive passions.
WORRY is the root of all the cowardly passions.
Envy, spite, revenge, impatience, annoyance, selfishness, prejudice, unrest, and the like are all phases of anger.
Jealousy, fear, the belittling of self, the blues, and all the introspective forms of depression are the children of worry.
Anger and worry are the most unprofitable conditions known to man. While they are in possession of the mind, both mental and physical growth are suspended.
Anger and worry are thieves that steal precious time and energy from life
Anger is a highway robber and worry is a sneak thief.
Anger and worry are the most potent forms of self-abuse, for the reason that in many cases anger is the result of misunderstanding, and in most cases worry's prophecies never come true; or, if they do, the fulfilmelt is generally caused by the worry itself.
Anger and worry do not stimulate to any good end.
Anger and worry not only dwarf and depress, but sometimes kill.
Anger and worry are bad habits of the' mind and not necessary ingredients.
Anger and worry are no more necessary than other passions civilized man has learned to control, and it is only needful to realize that they are unnecessary in order to make it impossibe to feel, much less to show them.
Anger and worry cannot be eliminated through process of repression any more than a weed can be killed by cutting down the stalk, or a cancer can be cured from the surface, or the drinking habit can be gotten rid of by "tapering off." Germ eradication is not only the easiest, but the only sure cure for all physical diseases and mental handicaps.
The dispossession of anger and worry does not cause indifference or encourage indolence.
The natural tendency of the emancipated mind is towards growth, both intellectual and spiritual, just as the tendency of plant life is towards vigorous growth and perfect blossoming, if it is kept free from the gnawings of cankerous worms.
Anger and worry are as much parasites as are the cankerous worms that attack plants. The intelligent horticulturist knows that the worms are parasites, picks them off his plant, and throws them away too far to return. The intelligent menticulturist of the future will treat anger and worry in the same intelligent manner.
It is not necessary to engage in battle the small army of lesser passions if you concentrate your efforts against anger and worry, for they are all children of these parents. Oppose them with a bold front ; make one heroic stand against them and they and all of their children will fly. Disown them once and the ability to re-adopt them will have disappeared with them.
Anger and worry, especially worry, are the cause of most of the drunkenness and other dissipations which are the curses of the age. Excuse for them or temptation to them is found in the des' e to smother the depression which the themselves cause.
Anger and worry are creations of the mind, and can be dispelled by the same power that gave them birth.
Anger and worry are caused by phantoms that we create within ourselves and whose only strength is that with which we endow them.
Anger and _worry are like echoes ; they do not exist until we call for them, and the louder we call, the louder is their response. We can never drown them ; yet, if let alone, they drown themselves.
Fear is possibly the truer name for the cowardly root-passion than worry ; but as they are synonymous, and as anger and worry are more frequently used together, and worry has a less formidable sound, I have chosen to present it for attack under that title.
While the evil passions align them-selves into two classes, as the offshoots of Anger and Worry; they are, in fact, all growths from one root. Worry (or fear) is the male principle, as it were, without which, all the others wither and die. For instance; if we do not worry, we do not fear ; and if we do not fear aggression, or insult, or slight, we do not become angry. We quarrel most frequently with what we fear is thought or intended by our adversary, and least frequently with whit he actually does or thinks. On the other hand our adversary endows us with intentions which he himself creates, and each puts his own fuel on the fire, to increase the heat of the controversy.
In Emancipation there is no fear, (op worry) and consequently no fuel for; discord.
Emancipation is a disarmament which disarms others, but adds strength to itself.
To the Emancipated every moment is a delight, or a moment of calm, during which he is susceptible only to good impressions, and the best interpretation of everything, no matter what the external conditions. Even in cases of sickness, the tendency of the emancipated mind is so inclined to gratitude for the limitations of the calamity, that it has little if any room left for regret. Its thankful appreciation of a half loaf of blessings, leaves no place for. disappointment that it is not a whole one, and it certainly has no desire to question the wisdom of the process of evolution to which it is related.
To question or to regret the inevitable seems to the emancipated mind the greatest folly imaginable. It certainly is as foolish as barking at the moon.
" Sweet sorrow " must not be classed with the depressing passions. It is the tenderest expression of love. If tears of love or of sympathy spring to the eyes, do not repress them ; do not be ashamed of them ; they are like dew from Heaven and promote the growth of the soul.
Neither must friendly rivalry, nor ambition to excel, be classed as aggressions; as they are phases of growth.
The disposition of the Emancipated is to switch the current of the Divine Spark (which is the energy of man) on to wires that connect with motors belted to good acts, and good thoughts, and worthy appreciation, and to cut out the circuits of worry and anger and their branch lines entirely, leaving them to rust and decay through disuse. It is a matter of voluntary selection. The same effort of thought can be made to bless or to curse ; can stimulate to good or stimulate to bad ; can propel or retard ; can aid or obstruct; can nourish or kill.
Nature uses the same atoms to per-for many services of widely differing pu pose. Where she is inanimate the blind and dumb law of the "survival of the fittest" rules supreme. In her lowest forms of life this law begins to be modified by selection, and protection from without. In the higher forms of animal life memory, and selection, and division of labor, and provision. and gratitude, show a degree of development that is beautiful indeed ; but it is left to man to perfect this development within himself. To him is given the power, through cultivation, to pro-mote, without limit, growth towards Perfection, which is the evidence of Divinity in him.
Soft mist, down-falling, from its cloud domain,
As gentle rain it swells the softening seed ;
The self-same atom, hidden in a tear.
Thoughts are like atoms, fashioned by the will;
In Nature's hands, one atom plays two parts,
Love, and Appreciation, and Gratitude, — the ever-present and ever- faithful handmaids of Emancipation, are the natural and only conditions favorable to growth ; they are the less assertive but stronger attributes which are always waiting to occupy the places left vacant by anger and worry, and to fill the "void which Nature abhors." Born of them is that other Divine attribute called Help or Charity, and together they stimulate to good action and good thought, and lift into life that plant of the soul, the Divine Reponsibility of each member of the human family.
Anger and worry are the rankest forms of Egotism.
Emancipation is the reverse of Phariseeism. Phariseeism is self sufficiency ; while Emancipation shows its desire for growth, through the preparation of its mental and spiritual entity for unimpaired growth, by clearing it of he weeds of egotism.