By Stanton Davis Kirkham
Author of "The Ministry of Beauty" and "As Nature Whispers".
Spiritual poise arises from the inner controlling conviction that Love is the one defense against all that aims at man's integrity to himself.
It should be the aim of every earnest book to act in some degree, however slight, as a medium for impersonal truth; and herein lies its use, should it attain to the dignity of usefulness, that it shall arouse some dormant faculty, shall animate our latent perception of the Immanent Soul. So may it strike some deeper note, some higher octave than is perchance commonly sounded; so may it awake the echoes and set us vibrating, so attune our Eolian harp that there too shall the winds of heaven call forth some faint divine melodies. Let it but radiate health and serenity, let it but stimulate our faith and prove a tonic to our indifference, and it will not have been written in vain.
Love, wisdom, truth—how may we live and not dwell on these, how write to any purpose and not revolve about them? When we would speak of religion, of freedom, of life and art and nature, we shall yet miss the essential if we keep not these in view; and where they converge—these three—there is liberty, there is peace, and there dwells the Soul serene.