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We offer no apology for the appearance of The Light of Reason. It was needed, and it is sent forth. It has a mission to perform—that of pointing the way to the true life of unselfishness and Love, which is the life of joy, of serenity, and of real and abiding success.

With regard to its future, we will not anticipate. The future is not ours, and we have put on one side the folly of entertaining speculations or troubles concerning it. The present is ours, in it alone we live, and in it we shall write for the welfare of our readers, putting our best into the task of showing them how to make their present lives bright, noble, and beautiful.

It will be our happy endeavour, reader, to cooperate with you in your spiritual efforts; to walk with you in your difficulties, and to help you toward a larger comprehension of God’s laws which govern your own inner world, implicit obedience to which will render your whole life a symphony of joy and peace.

If we succeed in stimulating your intellectual and spiritual nature and helping to a healthy and vigorous growth the plant of the Higher Knowledge within you, we shall be rendering you the only real and enduring form of help; and with a view to the further completion of this object we shall devote a space specially to the purpose of replying to, and helping, those who care to draw upon our stock of knowledge and experience.

There are those behind and connected with this journal, whose varied vicissitudes, wide experience, and long and arduous search for Truth, have well fitted them to render you such service as will enable you to draw nearer and ever nearer to the realization of your ideal, to the consummation of a harmonious and a blessed life.

Our service is at your command. Write to us, question us, explain to us your difficulties, and the confidence you repose in us will be as sacred to us as our own heart. Whatever your experience may be, we shall doubtless be able to say that which, if practiced, and put into actual shape by you, will rapidly bring about in your life happier thoughts, better conditions, and surroundings more in accordance with your ideal of what they should be.

There is no isolated experience, for the human heart vibrates to the same chords (although the quality of the music or discord varies with individuals) in all times and in all races. Do not imagine that you stand alone. Reveal yourself, and you will find others. Do you grieve over that which seems beyond your power to remove? We likewise have grieved. Are you troubled with doubts and fears? We have also been troubled. Are you involved in difficulties? Difficulties without number we have passed through. Do weariness and sorrow afflict you? These dark guests have been with us also.

Having passed through the dark places of human experience, we can with confidence help those who are still in darkness, and point out to them the path up which we ourselves have travelled. We now know that there is no darkness except in man’s own ignorance, self-will and sin, and it will be our Supreme delight to help, through the pages of this journal, some struggling souls to realize the serenity of the life lifted up unto unselfish action.

Whatever religious or political persuasion you may be, can make no difference to us. Partiality and prejudice we have put on one side, along with many other follies of our past days, and we have ceased to regard men as Protestants and Catholics, Buddhists and Mohammedans, Liberals and Conservatives, etc. All men are our brethren, those who hate us and those who love us, those who agree with us, and those who differ from us. Men may reject us, but we will reject none, for our watchword is, "Goodwill toward all."

With the foregoing initial and necessary explanation of our position, and of our attitude toward our readers and the outside world, we send forth the first number of The Light of Reason and we shall endeavour to conduct it month by month in the spirit of truth.

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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