Menticulture - The Examiner, San Francisco: Sunday Morning, November 24, 1895
( Originally Published 1901 )
AN END OF ANGER AND OF WORRY
THE NEW SCIENCE OF " MENTICULTURE," AND WHAT CALIFORNIAN THINKERS SAY OF IT
A remarkable book, called " Menticulture; or the A-B-C of True Living," has recently been written by Horace Fletcher, formerly a Bohemian Club man of this city, and now living in New Orleans.
All who have seen this book declare that it will make a deep impression on the reading and thinking public. It is a study of human passion and the banishment of evil. Mr. Fletcher's theory, as declared by him in this work, is as follows:
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 do not stimulate to any good end.
Anger and worry not only dwarf and de-press, but sometimes kill.
Mr. Fletcher's central thought is that the banishment of anger and worry is the only way that happiness may be secured. He calls this the " A-B-C of True Living."