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BY MILS . I . EM AN GRIMSTONE . There is an unfairness in the manner with which men meet innovation , which is deeply disgusting to the open , honest mind , however that mind may be armed by philosophy against the attack of such a feeling . When we reflect on the power , the varieties of organizationin fact , when we look upon the whole chain of cause and effect ;
observing that the first of the one , and the last of the other , however remote ,, are yet in direct connexion , producing a power , independent of the creature , which , whether as passive , recipient , or active agent , is acted upon , —we cannot but agree with those philosophers who have asserted the folly of praise and blame ; and who thus , at one fell swoop , level to its base the whole
building of the cabinet of creeds . But the tremendous truth here recognised does not alter the nature of things . As long as human nature is human nature , moral attraction and repulsion will exist ; the one winning approval or love , the other inducing disapproval or hatred , according to the strength of the feelings acted on . Hence the necessarian , and the free-willist are , and
ever will be , on a parity of circumstances regarding the effects of good and evil . Virtue and vice must in themselves ever remain the same ; the happiness of the one , and the misery of the other , to the necessarian , appear inevitable consequences , —to the
advocate of free-will , discretionary or proportionate reward and punishment ; but the one , as the other , cries out against offences , for each alike feels that they inflict harm upon him . I throw forth these observations as a sort of piquet guard , or
bulwark , to defend me against charges of too great warmth on a subject , which , if the spirit leaves any record on the perishable material , through which it acts , will be found , when that spirit is gone , graven on my heart . Would that I had ten thousand hearts , ten thousand lives , that I might work in one generation that which it will take many to effect . When the axe of truth is laid to the tree of prejudice ., no one can wonder that the monkeys should make a great jabbering among the boughs : the fall of the tree deprives them of the nuts they love to crack , and the husks with which they like to pelt people . But how can we spare to wonder , when those free to range the fields and breathe amid the bowers , join the senseless yell of the long-tails , and clamour , it would seem , more from
common sympathy than common sense . I am speaking now from the effects produced upon my mind by the noble William Ilowitt ' s essay on George Fox , and the article of an anonymous writer , in the same number of * Tait ' s Magazine / on ' Women of Business . ' How does the generously philosophic mind declare itself , when
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1835, page 30, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2641/page/30/