26i THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
Do not cause your neighbor nor anybody else trouble.
You may rest assured that God, in His wisdom, sends them
all the trouble they need. Be good humored to everybody,
and do sincerely believe that there are other folks who are
just as good as yourself, and they are for a certainty.
Good manners are the blossoms of good sense, and, it may
be added, of good feeling too; for if the law of kindness be
written in the heart it will lead to that desinterestedness in
little as well as in great things that desire to oblige, and at
tention to the gratification of others, which is the foundation
of good manners.
The darts of adverse fortune are always leveled at our
heads. Some reach us, and some fly to wound our neighbors.
Let us, therefore, impose an equal temper on our minds, and
pay without murmuring the tribute which we owe to humani
ty. The winter brings cold and we freeze. The summer re
turns with heat and we must melt. The inclemency of the
air disorders our health, and we must be sick. Here we are
exposed to wild beasts, and there to men more savage than
the beasts; and if we escape the inconveniences and dangers
of air and earth, there are perils of water and perils of fire.
This established course of things it is not in our power to
change; but it is in our power to assume such a greatness of
mind as becomes wise and virtuous men, as may enable us to
encounter the accidents of life with fortitude, and to conform
ourselves to the order of Providence, who governs the world
by wisdom in order.
Let us submit to this order, let us be pursuaded that what
ever does happen, except vice, ought to happen, and never
be so foolish as to attempt to call God to account. The best
resolution we can take is to suffer what we cannot alter, and
without repining, to pursue the road which Providence has
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