Polytheism and Monotheism

Polytheism and Monotheism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...of pleasure or of pain, he seeks a cause to account for his sensations. He observes that pleasure or pain follows immediately or proximately upon certain acts. Inthose acts which he conceives to be productive of happiness he traces a certain likeness, he classes them, and designates them as virtuous; and those which result in misery he terms vicious. Also, as from the comparison of a number of shapes he obtains the abstract notion of geometric form, so, from the comparison of a number of acts, he forms the abstract ideas of virtue and vice. To man is given, what is denied to the beast, an almost unlimited power of benefiting and injuring his fellow-men, and not the fellow-men of his own generation merely, but also those of future ages. He can build a bridge to facilitate traffic, or he can throw a weir across a river to impede transport. The lion will swoop down on the antelope and kill it, that he may satiate his appetite on the carcass, but when gorged' he will bask in the sun, and suffer a herd of antelopes to approach him with impunity. The home-fed cat is a bad mouser. The beast kills that he may eat, not that he loves to kill. But in man there is the will and the power to destroy, not for self-preservation, but for the love of destruction. The impulse to slay is transient in the brute, it is permanent in the man. The child plucks a flower, that he may rip off its petals; the boy chases a butterfly, that he may beat the beauty out of its wings; the sportsman pursues the fish, the fox, and the hare, that out of them he may throttle the life. The beast does not rage against its own kind; but the prey of man is man. The tigresses of a Bengal jungle will not assemble to contemplate the dying throes of their fellows; but the cultivated...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904990
  • 9781236904997