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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 27',
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Mercer underrates, never had a thou
sand years to demonstrate its worth
As long as the competitive sys
tem is in vogue we will remain a
mercenary, self-indulgent, frivolous
and heathen mob, so Mercer cannot
better utilize his surplus energy than
in going after this "unchristian"
a competitive system m a rabid hell
fire fashion. A. M. Nelson.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT. The
question as to whether the actions of
men are free or determined is still
occupying the attention of philoso
phers. Henrique Bergson and his school
cling to the belief that the mind of
man is free to determine its own
course of willing or not willing.
When we speak of freedom we
simply mean that a body is free to
move so long as nothing outside of
that body hinders its motion.
When we say that man is free we
simply mean- that there is nothing
to hinder him from acting in accord
ance with the necessity of his own
nature. But when we say that man's
will is free our language becomes
meaningless, for will is not a faculty,
but only a state" of consciousness.
To predicate freedom, therefore, of
any, given state of consciousness is
Any given state of the mind is in
duced through some cause, and when
a state of the mind is produced mo
tives of all kinds begin to fight for
mastery and the stronger one wins.
After the mind has decided the act
becomes full for the reason it is set
in motion, but even then a stronger
A motive may cause the course of
action to be changed.
: Let us say a man decides after
much deliberation to go to Canada.
He is all prepared and he hears that
.3 train was wrecked. His action may
be changed because of fear of being
We only imagine ourselves free
because we are ignorant of the
causes which lead us to act and be- i
cause we can always imagine our
selves to have acted differently.
But we have to bear in mind that
at different times our motives are
different and that we profit by ex
perience, which experience becomes
a cause. By considering man to be
subject to causality like all else in
the universe we can trace the causes
of his actions and create conditions
which can change them for the bene
fit of humanity. Sam Druck.
CHANGE THE STYLE. This is a
selfish, gluttonous age, and it is hard
to find out what god most people
serve, and there is no wonder that we
have nothing but misery and sorrow.
The human being is a creature of im
itation. Some individual sets a fash
ion and all the sheep follow the lead
in order to be "up-to-date." And if
you don't well, they will do the best
they can to make you conform.
Just now it is the fashion to be as
mean as you can be to the other fel
low to lie, steal, misrepresent, do
anything so long as you do the other
fellow without being caught, and, of
course, be a first-class church mem
ber at the same time. That helps
some, because some people think
that if you belong to a church you
must be 0. K
Usually the shining church lights
are the real crooks.
This condition is brought about in
a natural way. Like produces like,
like priest like people, and we need
not expect any other condition until
you alter the stream. Let some real
Godly men have a chance to form
character and you will have a very
different crop. Let them start the
fashion to do what is right and then
something will be doing; men will
follow, and then we will have kind
ness taking the place of selfishness,
co-operation instead of competition,
love instead of hate.
The greatest desire man should
have is to love God and it would be
manifested in his desire to help his
brother before himself. The fact