Menticulture - Mr. Fletcher Is Superficial, Thinks One Lady
( Originally Published 1901 )
BERTHA MONROE RICKOFF
It is difficult to judge of an author with out making a review of his whole work, but the quotations you send me pronounce Mr. Fletcher as essentially superficial. Anger and worry cannot be conquered from the surface. Truth is within ourselves, and from that inward illumination must arise the out-ward action. Unjust anger does not arise from without, but from a lack of the perception of truth within. There is an anger which is just. St. James tells us to be angry, and sin not. Herbert Spencer assures us that there are moments when we owe it to our fellow-men [to disapprove of, but not] to be angry with them. There are causes which demand [disapproval] anger, as there are states of the atmosphere which demand thunder and lightning-anger at the non-fulfillment of an eternal law.
But selfish anger arises from a lack of sympathy and charity, which is love a lack of the capacity for understanding the mental attitude of those about us. Worry also arises from a lack of harmony with eternal law. We think we can conquer worry by force of will, but it can only be subdued by our ascending into a higher atmosphere, where we are able to look down and comprehend the just proportions of life.
Again, worry is often caused by the dread of a defeat, whereas experience shows that a defeat is often but the stepping-stone to a higher success than we have dared to hope. Worry is the attribute of the gambler in fate, who looks to chance for his results. The calm of the laboring man is lacking.
Carlyle says: " It is enough for me that I do my work; the result is the care of a greater than I."