The Light of Reason
Edited by James Allen
Vol. I. January 1st, 1902 No. 1
The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life.
To the readers of The Light of Reason:
In accepting the publication of this journal we seem to be placing ourselves in rather a peculiar position, for we gather that its object is to endeavour to prove that we are all getting now in this world precisely what we merit by our daily conduct.
Assuming this to be a fact, and the book proves to be a failure, then we must consider ourselves the sole cause of any loss or trouble that it may bring upon us, but if, on the other hand, this journal proves to be a great success, then we are to consider ourselves as fully deserving whatever pleasure or profit we may derive from it. We might, however, bring about our own undoing if we allowed over joy and success to foster conceit, for in our own minds we cannot help thinking that even self-satisfaction must be to some extent a form of sin, and consequently (according to the ideas of this journal) unprofitable. With these views before us we feel bound to use every right effort to make this monthly book, if possible, a brilliant success, and under the circumstances we hope and trust that its readers will do all in their power to assist us. With many thanks in anticipation of this most useful help we will leave the future to decide for itself. If failure, we will endeavour to bear any loss or trouble without murmur, and if success, without any form of conceit. With good wishes and sympathetic feelings towards one and all, we remain your humble and obedient servants. —The Savoy Publishing Company
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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.