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No other system of physical culture, so far as my
knowledge extends, has made obedience to this principle one of its chief corner-stones. In fact, no one has definitely mentioned it. Some have arranged to gradually increase the vigor of the exercise they give, and then to gradually decrease it to the point of rest. This practice is good so far as it goes, but it does not meet this demand revealed in the correlation of forces and conservation of energy.
In this demand the requirement is not to work faster
l and then slower, but, through a different exercise, to transmute a force developed by vigorous exercise back to the brain and nerve centres, to be stored up in
I healthier nerve tissues.
It is easy to develop and waste power, but it is not an easy matter to conserve it. Yet I am satisfied there is a way, and that way is to transmute pure physical energy into psychological force, not in some accidental or fanciful manner, but through definite forms of psycho-physiological expression.
One experiences pleasure in listening to a melody, but how much deeper and richer the joy while listening
to the full harmony with it. The chief pleasure that
a. melody produces is the harmony that it suggests, and the difference in the beauty of various melodies comes from difference in the wealth of the harmonies that are unconsciously awakened in the mind while singing or listening to the melodies. The poet says :
“ All are needed by each one,
Nothing is fair or good alone.
I thought the sparrow's note from heaven,
I brought him home, in his nest at even ;
After the poet has tested those manifestations in nature and human experience which give the highest pleasure to the imagination, and llas found that nothing continues to give any sense of beauty when taken by itself, he concludes that beauty is a cheat, and that l\0 will have nothing to do with it; that henccfortli he will utterly ignore beauty, and seek truth to the exclusion of beauty.
But, just as the poet arrives at this conclusion, the thought is revealed to him that the reason he has been so sadly disappointed is because he has not obeyed the
He now discovers that to get the good
law of beauty.