Life and Destiny: Or, Thoughts from the Ethical Lectures of Felix Adler

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1903 - Ethics - 141 pages
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Page 37 - What may be the nature of that other life it is impossible to know and it is useless to speculate. Such terms as consciousness, individuality, even personality, are but finite screens which give no adequate clew to the infinite for which they stand. Only this I feel warranted in holding fast to — -that the root of my selfhood, the best that is in me, my true and only being, cannot perish.
Page 37 - As for myself I admit that I do not so much desire immortality as that I do not see how I can escape it. If I as an individual am actually under obligation to achieve perfection, if the command, 'Be ye therefore perfect,' is addressed, not only to the human race in general, but to every single member of it (and it is thus that I must interpret the moral imperative), then on moral grounds I do not see how my being can stop short of the attainment marked out for it, of the goal set up for it.
Page 24 - ... is accessible to every one who chooses to have it. * The experience to which I refer is essentially moral experience. It may be described as a sense of subjection to imperious impulses which urge our finite nature toward infinite issues ; a sense of propulsions which we can resist, but not disown ; a sense of a power greater than ourselves, with which, nevertheless, in essence we are one; a sense, in times of moral stress, of channels opened by persistent effort, which let in a flood of...
Page 82 - As light is light when it strikes on objects, so life is life when it smites on other life. We live truly in our radiations. We grow and develop in proportion as we help others to grow and develop.
Page 13 - At bottom, the world is to be interpreted in terms of joy, but of a joy that includes all the pain, includes it and transforms it and transcends it. * The Light of the World is a light that is saturated with the darkness which it has overcome and transfigured.
Page 36 - Truth appears, to which the splendors of our earthly mornings are as obscurity. As for myself, I admit that I do not so much desire immortality as that I do not see how I can escape it. If I, as an individual, am actually under obligation to achieve perfection, if the command "Be ye therefore perfect...
Page 80 - I must take my fellow-beings with me- For the higher life— the germ of which exists in every man— is adequately represented by no man. The one represents more adequately some particular aspect of it, another a different aspect. It follows therefore, that no one can love the higher life unless he seeks to promote it in others as well as in himself. All the so-called duties flow from the principle of the unity and inter-dependence of humanity in their effort toward the attainment of their goal.
Page 33 - The dead are not dead if we have loved them truly. In our own lives we give them immortality. Let us arise and take up the work they have left unfinished, and preserve the treasures they have won, and round out the circuit of their being to the fullness of an ampler orbit in our own.
Page 21 - There is a city to be built, the plan of which we carry in our heads, in our hearts. Countless generations have already toiled in the building of it. Let us arise and take up the work they have left unfinished.
Page 7 - I firmly believe," he continues, " that one-half of the confirmed invalids of the day could be cured of their maladies if they were compelled to live busy and active lives and had no time to fret over their miseries.

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