By Jean-Marie Guyau
There could be no doubt that the current second bargains a healthy chance for introducing to a wide circle of English readers this publication of Guyau s, which, in his personal kingdom, is rightly thought of his masterpiece. Guyau is already identified in England through his amazing and suggestive paintings on schooling and Heredity and The Irreligion of the long run; and one other paintings from him, on so very important a subject matter as Morality, may possibly provide a much-needed resource of suggestion and encouragement, at a time whilst ethical technological know-how is obviously getting into upon a interval of renewed power and wider curiosity. influenced through the nice problems of an ever-increasing complexity of existence, below situations which render a few of the previous creeds and religions incompetent to grapple with the issues tough resolution ;distressed by way of a psychological chaos which threatens to retard all innovative efforts by way of fitful reactions ;the fans of freedom and social amelioration flip to Morality for the help and the strengthgiving caliber with no which lifestyles is doomed to decay and destruction.
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Interruption from the expanse of the Behind the one dying at my feet I further behind that one, another and another —a multitude. ; At ; and last, further still, another as far as I could see, roll on towards me. There was a reservoir of infinite, inexhaustible forces there. How deeply I felt the impotency of man to arrest the effort of that whole ocean in movement A dike might break one of these waves it could break hundreds and thousands of them ; but would not the immense and indefatigable the whole horizon seemed to rise and !
Yet we must live. Who knows that death even means repose ? We are hurried on in the great us ; machine, carried ; away by the universal movement, those foolhardy persons who like entered the mysterious circle A great ring entwined them, formed by the Korigans. so that, panting, they entranced them, fascinated them whirled round and round, until both life and death failed them. But the ring was not broken. It formed itself again ; more quickly and the unhappy creatures, while dying, still saw through the veil of death the everlasting ring whirling them round.
He full while he of faith in himself, and in the power of thinks himself capable of ruling the future, ready to conquer in the struggle of flows with hopefulness, everything smiles which upon him is life. His heart over- diffused over all things —from ; the rays of the sun to the foliage of the trees, to the face of men. He sees in Nature the Indifferent, only a friend, an ally, a mysterious will in harmony with his own. He believes no longer irk death, for complete death would be a kind of failure of the and a will truly strong believes it cannot fail.