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A.—You ask "Is it possible for people who are mental weaklings to grow out of such condition in this life?" If the weakness is not too pronounced, Yes; but if, by "mental weaklings," you mean the mentally deficient, the irresponsible, then, No. Such people should be protected by the mentally strong, and should be so helped and trained as to prepare the soul for further progress after it departs from its present body. They may be best helped by developing and fostering their normal faculties, rather than by striving to eradicate the weakness as the strengthening of the normal will be the most effective means of ultimately overcoming the abnormal. As to whether such weaklings are obsessed by "ignorant or vicious spirits," is a question over which men will continue to differ, nor is it necessary to dwell upon this when the Great Law is understood, for the ignorant and vicious can never overcome and thrust out that which is good and true.

E. E. K.—It is outside our province to interfere with national laws, or to sit in judgment on the Powers that be. Behind and above them all is the Great Law of the Universe which none can evade or escape. Man-made laws and institutions remain whilst there is a use for them, but when there is no longer any necessity for them in the universal economy, they pass away.

H. W.—The fact that, although "the body is completely changed every seven years...neither seven nor seventy years will serve to eradicate a birthmark," admits of a very simple explanation. The particles of the body are disintegrated and rebuilt gradually and the original form is and must (by virtue of the principle which underlies form) be maintained. Although our bodies are continually being rebuilt, their original architectural structure, although it can be modified, cannot be altered.

Cactus.—-The following are your questions and our replies:—

1. "What School of Thought is represented by your teaching?"
No School, but the good, the true, and the beautiful, in human life.

2. "What is that Teaching in its entirety?"
The practice of Goodwill towards all men and all creatures as the result of self-control, purity and righteousness.

3. "How do you regard the Bible and Christ and what is usually called sin?"
Our opinions about the Bible and Christ are of no more value than other people's. It is our life and deeds that determine everything. Our object is to draw men away from arguments about the Bible and Christ to the living of the true life. Sin is the negation, or denial, of the Good.

4. "How do you regard the Future?"
The Future is an unreality. It never comes. We deal with present realities. The Present is an abiding reality from which we cannot depart, and not until we have fully exhausted all the opportunities and possibilities of the Present will it be time to speculate about the shadowy future.

E. H.—We have received your letter, and appreciate all your kind words. The enclosure was forwarded as you requested.

L M. H.—We are very mindful of your sincere expressions of kindness and appreciation, and are doing all we can to introduce the Light of Reason to the people whom you mention.

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James Allen

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