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1873. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. PEKVEKTED MENTAL ACTION. TTPON the
ocean, on the land, on hill-top and valU ley, field and forest,
wherever the light shines, every ray is true to the law of its
motion. Light and shade, shine and shadow, everywhere present
themselves just as the laws of light require. If conditions of
refraction exist, the rays are refracted without any stubbornness
or exception. In its reflection every ray is mathematically exact.
Angles of incidence and reflection preserve their equality in all
cases, even if infinite in number. If conditions of polarization
exist, then light is polarized. Light asks for no humoring, has no
waywardness to be overcome by persuasion; over longest distances
there is no lagging behind; unwatched, it follows its law, as if
under the gaze of a thousand philosophers. Into eyes of beast,
bird, and insect it photographs pictures with the same exquisite
perfection as into human eyes. And it serves the eyes of
ignorantest men with the same care and nicety as if they had given
years to studying the laws of light. So, taking any other power in
nature, it would be found to prove itself true to the law of its
action in all cases. From the growth of tiniest plant to the motion
of a planet wheeling round the sun, nowhere a blunder. Diseased
action there is, because disease has come to be one of the forces
of nature which has its law of action; and these, unarrested, it
follows with fell certainty. But refusal is nowhere found in the
realm of nature; amid all her voices there is not heard--"I won't."
When, however, we come up to the level of moral beings, we begin to
hear dissent uttered in emphatic tones. And the rebellion, here
started, is so great a disturbance that it must carry damage into
all its surroundings. It mars what might be th...
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