Change of address. —Letters for the Editor should now be addressed The Editor, The Light of Reason, Ilfracombe.
Paradox—You say "The teaching of The Light of Reason, so far as I have understood it, has been that we are the cause of our own suffering...In this month's 'Talk With Correspondents' there occurs this passage:— 'If a man's condition is the result of injustice (that is, if it comes entirely through others) then his case is indeed hopeless, for there can be no possible way of escape from his sufferings.' I am not able to rind the truth which connects these apparently opposing thoughts, and should be very grateful for your help in the matter."
We reply:—There is no truth connecting these two statements, for they stand in direct opposition to each other. In making the above statement, we placed ourselves in the position of our questioner, pointing out the logical issue of his position, and leaving him to reason it out for himself.
J. P. S.—The particular Reform referred to by you we long ago adopted. We do not advocate it (nor any partial reform) in this Journal; our work being to lead men to so completely purify and spiritualize the mental conditions, that all true outward reform will follow as a natural consequence. No man "labors in vain" who, having reformed himself, teaches others in the spirit of Love.
R. C.—Mr. Miller's article on "Courage" in our present issue will probably tend to accomplish the good mentioned by you better than an "article on Despair." A negative evil is more quickly dispersed by dwelling on a positive good. We note your kind words.
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