Botany—At your age (38), and a man, you certainly ought to have overcome blushing and confusion in the presence of others. Such sensitiveness proceeds from a total misunderstand of yourself and others which causes you to morbidly and unintelligently brood upon yourself. You can overcome it by intelligently and intently examining your feelings and thoughts with a view to understanding and controlling them. When you are in company, think of others, and give all your attention to them. Be unselfish and thoughtful for others. Avoid impure thoughts; do that which is right; be regular in your habits; avoid all indulgences; rise early and discipline body and mind every day, and you will gradually become enlightened and self-possessed.
W.J.—The phenomena about which you question us is outside the scope of our inquiry. Do you not attach too great an importance to such a trifling display? There is no need to regard anything as a "device of Satan," nor will you find truth in that way. Do not loose yourself in childish wonderment about fleeting phenomena, but seek the imperishable Truth.
V.P.W.—Lying is ignorance because when a man lies he believes that he will gain some good by it. He does not know that a lie brings upon him four great losses, namely: (1) Loss of character; (2) Loss of reputation; (3) Loss of material profit of his labor; and (4) Loss of happiness. No man can practice lying who is enlightened as to the nature and consequences of such conduct.
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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.