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MR. Alcott. But Holiness is grounded on thing deeper. Charles. On Spirit.
Mr. Alcott. Now, what does your Spirit Subsistence of the Human Spirit subsist on? on Holiness.
Ellen. On Christ's Spirit. FRANKLIN. On Holiness. CHARLES. On Good or Evil. Mr. Alcott. On what does Good and Evil subsist?
Ellen. Good subsists on Christ; Evil on Absolute Good.
the opposite Spirit.
CHARLES. I don't think Evil is a real exPhenomenal Es- istence; but is the lessening of Good. It is istence of Evil.
the going away from Good which is called Evil; there is no being to evil.
Welles. Good comes from God. It is God acting in a man.
ANDREW. Good is God in one sense ; but Good and Evil.
when we say, it tastes good, we do not mean God. Material good is not God, but we mean it is a good to the body.
MR. Alcott. And so there must be some of God in it. And is not this true ; is not God Goodness, and as much of Goodness as we get, is God? Man has Good within him. God is absolute Goodness, Now can you tell me what your spirit lives upon?
SEVERAL. On Goodness.
MR. Alcott. Did Goodness have any beginning or end ? Eternity of
ANDREW. No; it is Eternal, Immortal. Holiness. Immortality of Mr. Alcott.
And when you do a good act, or have a good feeling, do you revive any thing immortal, undying in you?
But sometimes we find it, and lose it again afterwards.
What Faculty takes hold of Goodness and Religion.
revives the Inmortal within you? SEVERAL. The Spiritual Faculty. Conscience.
Mr. Alcott. When we bring Conscience out and inake it act; when Conscience has acted out the Spirit's thoughts and feelings, what do we call it?
Mr. Alcott. I think it something more than Reason.
SEVERAL. Faith. Love. Affection. Religion.
Mr. Alcott. Is Conscience a good, or is Trinity of Powers in it Goodness? Conscience.
WELLES. At first, it is Goodness. MR. Alcott. Is Conscience an Instinct, - a Sentiment, or is it an Idea ?
FRANKLIN. It is an Idea.
Order of Spirit
Mr. Alcott. How much is there spiritual ual Growth. in Instinct ?
CHARLES. A natural want. Instinct.
Mr. Alcott. What comes after this want?
(Several answers were given, among which Love and Faith.
were, Love, Hope, and Faith.) Mr. Alcott. Well what comes next?
FRANKLIN. We imagine what it is. Imagination.
Mr. Alcott. And having shaped the spiritual life in the Imagination, what comes next?
CHARLES. Reason, which finds the why. Fruits of Spirit- MR. Alcott. What is reason after? ual Growth.
Mr. Alcott. What represents Truth?
What is the spiritual faculty, Conscience,
after? CHARLES. Good.
Mr. Alcott. And the Imagination unites them; and there is something which the Imagination finds that represents the union.
(Charles did not answer.) What do you think of that cast? [Pointing to Chantry's cast of Lady Louisa Russel.]
CHARLES. It is beautiful; the Imagination Beauty.
MR. Alcott. What, then, have we found in man?
CHARLES. Of God.
Mr. Alcott. We may have the true, the Absolute Being.
beautiful, and the good, within us ; but can we have 'Truth, Beauty, and Goodness? God.
CHARLES. No; these are God.
MR. Alcort. The elements of human naElements and Products of ture are, Human Nature.
I. The Sense OF THE Goop. II. The SenTIMENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL. III. The IDEA OF THE TRUE.
What is that word which comprehends all the productions of the IMAGINATION?
(No answer.) Is it not ART?
And what one word comprehends all the productions of the Reason? Is it not PHILOSOPHY?
And what does the spiritual faculty, CONSCIENCE, produce?
Mr. Alcott. If Jesus Christ knew what Destiny of Humanity.
was in man, he knew all man could do and
be — that he could lay bold on IMMORTALity by his Spiritual Faculty, on Truth by his Rational Faculty, on BEAUTY by his Imaginative Faculty.
Have Irregular Growth
all these elements ? you
All. Yes. MR. Alcott. Who think the Spiritual Faculty in them is behind all the others?
(All rose.) Who think its slumber is Evil?
(All.) Who think their Imaginative Faculty is not cultivated enough ; that they do not shape thoughts of truth and feeling into forms of truth and art?
(Most thought so.) NATHAN. I have too much Imagination. WELLES. I don't know how it is with me.
Mr. Alcott. Do you see clearly, all that you ought to do and think?
Welles and Nathan. No.
MR. ALCOTT. Then you have not Imagination enough. Imagination is the representative or shaping faculty of the Soul. Now tell me, whether you have the power of putting all your sense of what is good, your notion of what is true, your feeling of what is beautiful, into words, actions, or forms?
(None answered.) Do you think this power of Imagination wants cultivation in you?
(All rose.) Do you think that your Reasoning faculty is cultivated enough, — that you always know why, and have facts to bring through your Imagination?
(None answered.) Can you reason without imagination?
Mr. Alcott. What would you have to reason on, if you had no Imagination; what represents thoughts and things?
MR. Alcott. How then could you reason without Imagination ?
GEORGE B. You could reason on fancies.
the Human Faculties.
Mr. Alcott. Fancy is Imagination's erAllegory of
rand boy, who goes to gather flowers; and
Reason has an errand boy too ; it is Understanding, who goes off by the Senses. And what is the errand boy of Conscience?
Lucia. It has none.
Mr. Alcott. What if Fancy should carry to Imagination what belongs to Reason ; and Understanding should bring to Reason what belongs to Imagination? It is very important that these errand boys should mind their own masters. Some keep Fancy at work gathering flowers; and some keep Understanding at work gathering outward facts. There sits the Spirit on her throne, with Reason on her right hand, and Imagination on her left.
CHARLES. That is it!
Me. Alcott. And a little way off, before Imagination, is Fancy bending with the flowers which she has gatherell, and which she brings to Imagination to name, for Fancy does not know their names. And, on the other side, Understanding brings her gatherings to Rea
But sometimes the Fancy and Understanding bring so many things, that the Reason and Imagination have no time to do their appointed work.
son to name.