I was reviewing Emerson’s Law again and I just love, love, love it! It speaks of truth that parallels the Proverbs.
Everything has dual sides to make it whole…left, right; light, dark; hot, cold; up, down; man, woman…there is always a leveling of circumstances that balances out every part of nature. The universe is alive with evidences of creation.
“Everything in nature contains all the powers of nature.” Like produces like, kind produces kind. Every living cell of nature recreates not only its main character of the type it is, but also its resistances, similarities, and relationships to everything else in nature. It is brought to mind how everything was created for man, for his enjoyment and discovery, for his challenges and lessons learned through trials. “Our strength grows out of our weakness.” It becomes imperative for man to look where his weakness lies within himself, learn by it, and over come it. Develop principles that form good habits as it is through good habits that develop success.
In the Proverbs, there is one chapter for every day of the month and I don’t think that is coincidental. Proverbs is a book of common sense and wisdom of the ages.
As every nation has their specific sacred book(s) which is their moral compass for their people, there still remains a great drive to get the ‘religion’ out of the schools, government buildings and property. Emerson states that “And this law of laws which the pulpit, the senate, and the college deny, is hourly preached in all markets and workshops by flights of proverbs, whose teaching is as true and as omnipresent as that of birds and flies.”
How I understand him to say is that people speak and teach the proverbs in their daily lives as it is a moral code imprinted in them, thus the teachings of it cannot be obliterated as some would hope. How can I not teach this to my children and still expect them to become responsible adults?
“But because of the dual constitution of things, in labor as in life there can be no cheating. The thief steals from himself. The swindler swindles himself. It makes sense to me that the thief is constrained in freedom (whether physical or mental), and the swindler loses his standing/reputation among family and friends. For the real price of labor is knowledge and virtue, whereof wealth and credit are signs.”
Well, thank goodness, I don’t steal or swindle…or do I? Do I steal time away from myself by doing meaningless stuff which robs me from the blessings that could have transpired? Do I swindle with the ‘airs’ I put on when trying to impress someone without the right motives or by giving my opinion?
“The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the power; but they who do not do the thing have not the power.” ‘So as the Almighty has said, “Up and onward for evermore!” We cannot stay amid the ruins.’
Onward and Upward,