Excerpt from The 20th Century Age of Reason: A Reference Work on Physiology, Phrenology, Physiognomy, Psychology, Genealogy
The purpose of writing this book is to develop in the mind of'the reader the great necessity of a change in our social customs and the creating of environments adapted to the needs and requirements of the people, in order that they may obtain more pleasure, more hopes and comfort. We are all striving to reach this condition, hoping thereby to receive greater amount of happiness. The absorption of the facts contained herein will enable the reader to so shape his.course in life as to avoid that which belittles and secure that which is lasting and abiding. The author, dur ing his three-score years, has acquired certain knowledge, enabling him to see the practical side of life. It is his desire to impart this knowledge, that the world may be better for his having lived in it. Knowing that unless a person has the right conception, he must suffer, physically, men tally and morally. We should each do our part so that every one may secure the greatest amount of happiness in this life. We all know that our unrest is largely due to the inconsistency of others. Therefore, the only way to overcome this one great evil is by the diffusion of universal knowledge, knowing that power without knowledge is dangerous. Actions and doings without reason are of the animal. If they cannot then we are Justified in classing them with animals. We expect those who make dis coveries in arts and sciences to give a reason for the same. It is his duty to impart such knowledge as a scientist who discovers some means of curing some bodily ills. He is counted blame worthy in refusing to com municate it to others. The author has attempted to give a reason why there are so many failures on the part of those who assume the responsi bility in governing the human race by our present form of government. Thereby the known will result in the greatest good to the greatest number.
Because of a natural thirst for knowledge, as was the case with our first parents, all men retain the same desire to pry into the things which seem to be forbidden; therefore, the temptations now presented in View of financial gain should be removed so that mankind might be developed in 'the young men of our land, for we who have preceded them know that theoretical knowledge is not sufficient and those succeeding us are not willing to accept our testimony on these things, but each desires an exper ience of his own, thus causing a great amount of misery and many prodi gal sons.
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