Moral philosophy, or the
science of human nature, may be
treated after two different manners; each of which has its peculiar merit, and
may contribute to the entertainment and
reformation of mankind.
The one considers man chiefly as born for action; and as influenced in
his measures by taste and sentiment; pursuing one object, and avoiding another,
according to the value which these
objects appear to possess, and
according to the light in
which they present themselves.
As virtue is
allowed to be the most valuable, this species of philosophers paint
her in the most amiable colors; borrowing all helps from poetry and
eloquence, and treating their subject in an easy and obvious manner, and such
as is best fitted to please the
imagination, and engage
They select the most
and instances from common life;
place opposite characters in a proper
contrast; and alluring us into the
paths of virtue by the views of glory and happiness,
direct our steps in these paths by
the soundest precepts and most
They make us feel
the difference between vice and virtue; they excite and regulate our
sentiments; and so they can but bend
our hearts to the love of virtue
and true honor.
species of philosophers consider man in the light of
a reasonable rather than an active
being, endeavor to form his
understanding more than cultivate his manners.
It is easy for a rational philosopher to
commit a mistake and one mistake is the necessary
parent of another.
Speculations appear abstract and unintelligible to
It is certain that
the easy and obvious
philosophy will always have the preference above
the accurate and abstruse;
and by many will be recommended, not only as more agreeable, but more useful
than the other.
It enters more into common life;
molds the heart and affections;
and, by touching those
principles which actuate men, reforms
their conduct, and brings them nearer to that model of perfection which it
This also must be confessed, that the most durable, as well
as just fame, has been acquired by the easy philosophy, and that
abstract reasoners appear hitherto
to have enjoyed only a momentary reputation, from the caprice or ignorance
of their own age, but have not been able to support their renown with more
A philosopher, who
purposes only to represent the common
sense of mankind in more beautiful and
more engaging colors, if by accident he
falls into error, goes no farther; but
his appeal to common sense, and
the natural sentiments of the mind,
returns into the right path and
secures himself from any
Accurate and just
reasoning is the only remedy, fitted
for all dispositions; and is alone able to subvert that
abstruse philosophy and metaphysical
jargon, which being mixed up with
superstition, renders it in a manner
impenetrable to careless thinkers, and gives it the air of
Besides this advantage
of rejecting, after deliberate enquiry, the most uncertain and disagreeable
part of man's purported knowledge, there are many positive advantages, which
result from an accurate scrutiny into the powers and faculties of
It is remarkable
concerning the operation of the mind, that, though most intimately present to
us, yet, whenever they become the object of reflection, they appear involved in
obscurity; nor can the eye readily find those lines and boundaries, which
discriminate and distinguish
The objects are too fine to remain long in the same aspect or
situation; and must be apperceived in
an instant, by a superior penetration, derived from nature, and improved by
habit and reflection.
It becomes, therefore,
no inconsiderable part
of science barely to know the different operations of the mind, to separate
them from each other to class them under their proper heads, and to correct all
that seeming disorder when made the object of reflection and
Everyone will readily allow that there is considerable
difference between the perceptions of
the mind, when a man feels the pain of excessive heat, or the
pleasure of moderate warmth, and when he
afterwards recalls to his memory this sensation, or
anticipates it by his
may mimic or copy the perceptions of the senses; but they never can entirely
reach the force and vivacity of the original sentiment.
we say of them, even when they operate with greatest vigor, is, that they
represent their object in so lively a manner, that we could almost say we feel
or see it.
All the colors of poetry, however splendid, can never
paint natural objects in such a manner as to make the description be taken for
a real landscape.
The most lively thought is still inferior to the
We may observe a like distinction to run through all
the other perceptions of the mind.
A man in a fit of
anger, is actuated in a very different manner
from a man who only thinks of that emotion.
If you tell me, that an
individual is in love, I easily understand your meaning, and from a just
conception of his situation; but
never can mistake that conception for
the real disorders and agitations of the
When we reflect on our past sentiments and affections,
our thought is a faithful mirror, and
attempts to copy its objects truly; but the colors which it employs are faint
and dull, in comparison of those in which our original perceptions were
It requires no discernment or metaphysical
head to mark the distinction between them.
Nothing, at first view, may appear more unbounded than
the thought of man, which not only
escapes all human power and authority,
but is not even restrained
within the limits of nature and reality.
To form monsters, and join
incongruous shapes and appearances,
costs the imagination no more
trouble than to conceive the most
natural and familiar objects.
the body is confined to the Earth,
along which it creeps with pain
and difficulty; the thought can
in an instant transport us into the most distant regions of reality; or
even beyond reality, into the
unbounded chaos, where
natural law no longer functions.
Though our thought appears to possess this
unbounded liberty we shall find, upon a nearer examination, that it is
really confined within very narrow
limits, and that all this creative power of the mind amounts
to no more than the faculty of
compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing the materials afforded us
by the senses and experience.
All sensations, either outward or
inward, are strong and vivid: the connection between them are more exactly
determined; nor is it easy to fall into error or mistake with regard to them.
All ideas, especially
abstract ones, are naturally
faint and obscure: the
mind has but a slender hold of them: they are
apt to be confounded with other
resembling ideas; we are apt to
imagine it has a determinate idea annexed to it, but this is not
bring ideas into so clear a light we may reasonably hope to remove all dispute
which may arise, concerning their nature!
It is evident that there
is a principle of
connection between the different thoughts or ideas of the mind, and that in
their appearance to the memory or imagination, they introduce each
other with a certain degree of method and regularity.
In our more serious thinking or discourse this is so
observable that any particular thought, which breaks in upon the regular tract
or chain of ideas, is immediately
remarked or rejected.
Even in our
wildest and most wandering reveries,
nay in our very dreams, we shall find,
if we reflect, that the
imagination ran not altogether at adventures, but that there was still a
connection upheld among the different ideas, which succeed each other.
Were the loosest and freest conversation to be transcribed, there would
immediately be observed something which connected it in all its transitions.
Or where this is wanting, the individual who broke the thread of
discourse might still inform you, that there had revolved in his mind a
succession of thought, which had gradually led him from the subject of
Among different languages,
even where we suspect the least connection or communication, it is found, that
the words, expressive of ideas, the most compounded, do yet nearly correspond
to each other: a certain proof that the
comprehended in the compound
ones, were bound
together by some universal principle, which had
an equal influence on all
All the objects of human
reason or enquiry may naturally be divided into two kinds,
relations of ideas and
matters of fact.
Relations of ideas are the sciences of geometry,
arithmetic; and in short, every
affirmation which is either intuitively or
That the square of the hypothenuse is equal to
the square of the two sides, is a statement which expresses a relation between
That three times five is equal to the half of thirty,
expresses a relation between these numbers.
Statements of this category are discovered by
the mere operation of thought, without dependence on what is anywhere existent
in the universe.
Though there never were a circles or triangle in
nature, the truths demonstrated by Euclid
for ever retain their certainty and evidence.
Matters of fact, which are the
second objects of human reason, are not ascertained in the same manner; nor is
our evidence of their truth, however great, of a like nature with the
The contrary of every matter of fact is still possible and
is conceived by the mind with the same facility and distinctness as if it was
conformable to reality.
It may, therefore, be a
subject worthy of curiosity, to
enquire what is the nature of that evidence which assures us of any real
existence and matter of fact, beyond the present testimony of our senses, or
the records of our memory.
Such enquiries may even prove useful, by
exciting curiosity, and
destroying, that implicit faith and security, which is the bane of all
reasoning and free enquiry.
To convince us that all the
laws of nature, and all the
operations of bodies without exception, are
known only by experience, the
following reflections may suffice.
all arguments from experience are founded on the similarity which we discover
among natural objects, and by which we are induced to expect effects
similar to those which we have found to follow from such
None but a fool will ever pretend to dispute
the authority of experience,
or to reject that great guide of human life, it may surely be allowed a
philosopher to have so much curiosity at least as to examine the
principle of human
nature, which gives this mighty authority to experience,
allowing us to draw advantage from similarity which nature has placed among
Now it appears evident that, if this conclusion were
formed by reason, it would be as
perfect at first, and upon one instance, as after ever so long a course of
But the case is far otherwise.
It is only after a
long course of uniform experiments in any category, that we attain a firm
reliance and security with regard to a particular event.
A long course of uniform experiments
shows us a number of uniform effects, resulting from certain objects, and
teaches us that those particular objects, at that particular time, were endowed
with such powers and forces.
When a new object, endowed with similar
sensible qualities, is produced, we expect similar powers and forces, and look
for a like effect.
All inferences from experience suppose, as
their foundation, that the future will resemble the past, and that similar
powers will be connected with similar sensible qualities.
be any suspicion that the course of nature may change, and that the past may be
no rule in the future, all experience becomes useless, and can give rise to no
inference or conclusion.
All inferences from experience
are effects of expectations, not of reasoning.
Expectation, then, is
the great guide of human life.
It is that principle alone which renders our experience useful to us,
and makes us expect, in
the future, a similar course of events with those which have appeared in the
the influence of
expectation, we should be
entirely ignorant of every matter of fact beyond what is immediately in the
We should never know how to adjust means to ends,
or to employ our natural powers in the production of any effect.
There would be an end at once of all action.
It may be proper to
remark, that though our conclusions from experience carry us beyond our memory
and senses, and assure us of matters of fact which happened in
the most distant places and most remote ages, yet some facts must always be
present to the senses or memory, from which we may first proceed in drawing
A man, who should find in a desert country the
remains of pompous buildings, would conclude that the country had, in ancient
times, been cultivated by civilized inhabitants; but did nothing of this nature
occur to him, he could never form such
We learn the events of former ages from history; but
then we must peruse the volumes in which this instruction is contained, and
thence carry up our inferences from one testimony to another, till we arrive at
the eyewitnesses and spectators of these distant events.
In a word, if we proceed not upon some
fact present to the memory or senses, our reasoning would be merely hypothetical;
and however the particular links might
be connected with each other, the
whole chain of inferences would have nothing to support it, nor could we
ever, by its means, arrive at the knowledge of any real existence.
ask why you believe any particular matter of fact, which you relate, you must
tell me some reason; and this reason will be some other matter of fact,
connected with it.
As you cannot proceed after this manner, in
infinitum, you must at last terminate in some matter of fact, which is
present to your memory or senses; or must allow that your belief is entirely
What is the conclusion of the whole matter?
A simple one; though, it must be confessed, pretty remote from the
common theories of philosophy.
belief of matter of fact or real existence is derived merely from some object,
present to the memory or senses, and a perceived connection between that and
some other object.
In other words; having found, in many instances,
that any two kinds of object - flame and heat, snow and cold - have always been
connected together; if flame or snow be presented anew to the senses, the mind
is carried by expectation to expect heat or
cold, and to believe that such a quality does exist, and will discover itself
upon a nearer approach.
This belief is the necessary result of placing
the mind in such circumstances.
an operation of the soul,
when we are so situated, as
unavoidable as to
feel the passion of compassion, when we receive benefits; or
hatred, when we meet with
All these operations are of
natural instincts, which
no reasoning or process of
the thought and understanding is able either to produce or to
The great advantage of the
mathematical sciences above the
moral consists in this, that the ideas of the former, being sensible, are
always clear and determinate, the smallest distinction between them is
immediately perceptible, and the same terms are still expressive of the same
ideas, without ambiguity or
An oval is never mistaken for a
circle, nor an hyperbola for an
The isosceles and right triangles are distinguished by
boundaries more exact than vice and
virtue, right and wrong.
If any term be defined in geometry, the
mind readily, of itself, substitutes, on all occasions, the definition for the
term defined: or even when no definition is employed, the object itself may be
presented to the senses, and by that means be steadily and clearly
finer sentiments of the mind, the operations of the understanding, the various
agitations of the passion, though
really in themselves distinct, easily escape us, when surveyed by
reflection; nor is it in our
power to recall the original object, as
often as we have occasion to
Ambiguity, by this means, is gradually introduced into our reasoning:
similar objects are readily taken to be the same: and the conclusion becomes at
last very wide of the premises.
If the mind, with greater facility,
retains the ideas of geometry clear and determinate, it must carry on
a much longer and more intricate chain
of reasoning and compare ideas much wider of each other in order to reach
the abstruse truths of moral science.
If moral ideas are apt, the inferences are always much shorter in these
disquisitions, and the intermediate steps, which lead to the conclusion, much
fewer than in the sciences which treat of quantity and number.
reality, there is scarcely a proposition in Euclid so simple, as not to consist
of more parts, than are to be found in any moral reasoning which runs not into
chimera and conceit.
Where we trace the principles of the human mind
through a few steps, we may be very well satisfied with our progress;
considering how soon nature throws a bar to all our enquiries, and reduces us
to an acknowledgment of our ignorance.
The chief obstacle, therefore, to
our improvement in the moral or
sciences is the obscurity of the ideas, and ambiguity of the
difficulty in the mathematics is the length of inferences and compass of
thought, requisite to the forming of any conclusion.
progress in physics is chiefly retarded by the want of proper experiments and
phenomena, which are often discovered by chance, and cannot always be found,
when requisite, even by the most diligent and
As moral philosophy appears hitherto to have
received less improvement than either geometry or physics, we may conclude,
that, if there be any difference in this regard among these sciences, the
difficulties, which obstruct the progress of the former, require superior care
and capacity to be surmounted.
All our ideas are nothing but copies of our
impressions, or, in other words, that
it is impossible for us to think of
anything, which we have not antecedently felt, either by our external or
Complex ideas, may,
perhaps, be well known by definition, which is nothing but an enumeration of
those parts or simple ideas, that compose them.
When we have pushed up
definitions to the most simple ideas, and find still more ambiguity and
obscurity; what resource are we
then possessed of?
By what invention can we
throw light upon these ideas, and render them altogether precise and
determinate to our intellectual view?
Produce the impressions or original
sentiments from which ideas are copied.
These impressions are all strong and
They admit not of ambiguity.
They are not only
placed in a full light themselves, but may throw light on their correspondent
ideas, which dwell in obscurity.
The scenes of the universe are
continually shifting, and one object follows another in uninterrupted
succession; but the power
which actuates the whole is concealed from us.
questions which have been canvassed and
disputed with great eagerness, since the first origin of science, and
philosophy, that the meaning of all the
terms, at least, should have
been agreed upon among the disputants; and our enquiries, in the course of two
thousand years, been able to pass from words to the true and real subject of
How easy may it appear to give exact definitions of
the terms employed in
reasoning, and make these definitions,
not the mere sound of words, the object of future scrutiny and examination.
If we consider the matter more narrowly, we shall be apt to draw a
quite opposite conclusion.
From this circumstance alone, that a controversy has been
long kept on foot, and remains still undecided, we may presume that there is
some ambiguity in the expression, and that the disputants affix different ideas
to the words employed in the controversy.
the faculties of the mind are naturally alike
in every individual; otherwise nothing could be more fruitless than to
reason or dispute together; it were
impossible, if men affix the
same ideas to their terms, that they could so long form different opinions of
the same subject; especially when they communicate their views, and each party
turn themselves on all sides, in search of arguments which may give them the
victory over their antagonists.
It is true, if men attempt the discussion of
questions which are entirely beyond the reach of human capacity, such as those
concerning the origin of substance, or the economy of the intellectual system,
they may long beat the air in their fruitless contests, and never arrive at any
If the question regard any subject of common life
and experience, nothing, one would think, could preserve the dispute so long
undecided but some ambiguous expressions, which keep the antagonists still at a
distance, and hinder them from
grappling with each other.
All mankind, both learned and ignorant,
have always been of the same opinion with regard to this subject.
intelligible definitions would immediately have put an end to the whole
I own that this dispute has been so much canvassed on all
hands, and has led philosophers into such a
labyrinth of obscure sophistry, that
it is no wonder, if a
sensible reader indulge his ease so far
as to turn a deaf ear to the proposal of such a
question, from which he can expect
neither instruction or entertainment.
The state of the argument here proposed may, perhaps, serve to renew
his attention; as it has more novelty,
promises at least some decision of the controversy, and
will not much disturb his ease by any intricate or obscure reasoning.
hope, therefore, to make it appear that
all men have ever agreed in theory both of connection and of liberty, according
to any reasonable sense, which can be
put on these terms; and that the whole controversy, has hitherto turned merely
We shall begin with examining theory of connection.
It appears evident that, if all the scenes of nature were continually
shifted in such a manner that no two events bore any resemblance to each other,
but every object was entirely new, without any similitude to whatever had been
seen before, we should never, in that case, have attained the least idea of
connection among these objects.
reasoning concerning the operations of
nature would, from that moment would be at an end; and the memory and
senses would remain the only canals by which
the knowledge of any realexistence
could possibly have access to the mind.
Our idea, therefore, of
connection arises entirely from the uniformity observable in the
operations of nature, where similar objects are constantly connected together,
and the mind is determined by expectation to infer the one from
the appearance of the other.
Beyond the constant connection of similar
objects, and the consequent inference from one to the other, we have no notion
of any connection.
If it appear, therefore, that
all mankind have ever allowed, with out any
doubt or hesitation, that these
connections take place in the voluntary actions of men, and in the operations
of mind; it must follow, that all mankind have ever agreed in theory of
connection, and they have hitherto disputed merely for not understanding each
It is universally acknowledged that there is a great
uniformity among the actions of
men, in all nations and ages, and that
human nature remains still the
same, in its principles and operations.
The same motives always produce
the same actions: the same events follow from
the same causes.
public spirit: these passions, mixed in various degrees, and distributed
through society, have been, from the
beginning, and still are, the source of all the actions and
enterprises, which have ever
been observed among mankind.
Would you know the sentiments,
inclinations, and course of life of the
Study well the
temper and actions of the French and English:
You cannot be much
mistaken in transferring to the former most of the observations which you have
made with regard to the latter.
Mankind are so much the same, in all
times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this
Its chief use is only to discover the constant and
universal principles of human
nature, by showing men in all varieties
of circumstances and situations, and furnishing us with materials from which we
may form our observations and become acquainted with the regular springs of
human action and behavior.
Records of wars, intrigues, factions, and
revolutions, are so many collections
of experiments, by which the politician or moral philosopher fixes the
principles of his science, in the same manner as the physician or
physicist becomes acquainted with
the nature of plants, minerals, and other external objects, by the experiments
which he forms concerning them.
Should a traveler, returning from a
far country, bring us an account of men, wholly different from any with whom we
were ever acquainted; men, who were entirely divested of
avarice, ambition, or
revenge; who knew no pleasure but
friendship, generosity, and public spirit; we should immediately, from these
circumstances, detect the falsehood, and
prove him a liar, with the same certainty as if he had stuffed his narration
with stories of centaurs and dragons,
miracles and prodigies.
To explode any forgery in
history, we cannot make use of a more convincing argument, than to prove,
that the actions ascribed to any individual are directly contrary to the
course of nature, and that
human motives, in such circumstances, induced the
inaccurately report matters of
We must not, however, expect that this
uniformity of human actions
should be carried to such a length as that all men, in the same circumstances,
will always act precisely in the same manner, without making any allowance for
the diversity of characters, prejudices, and opinions.
uniformity in every particular, is found in no part of nature.
Hence likewise the benefit of that experience, acquired by long life
and a variety of business and company, in
order to instruct us in the principles of
human nature informs us of nothing
new or strange in this particular.
Its chief use is only to discover
the constant and universal principles of human nature, by showing men in all
varieties of circumstances and situations,
and furnishing us with materials from which we may form our observations and
become acquainted with the regular springs of human action and behavior.
Why is the aged gardener more skillful in his calling than the young
Because there is a certain uniformity in the operation of the
sun, rain, and
Earth towards the production of
vegetables; and experience teaches the old practitioner the rules by which this
operation is governed and directed.
From observing the
variety of conduct in different men, we are
enabled to form a greater variety of maxims,
which still suppose a degree of uniformity and regularity.
Are the manners of men different in different ages and countries?
We learn thence the great force of expectation and education, which
mold the human mind from its infancy and form it into a fixed and established
Are the actions of the same individual much diversified in
the different periods of his life, from infancy to old age?
affords room for many general observations concerning the gradual change of our
sentiments and inclinations, and the different maxims which prevail
in the different ages of human
Even the characters, which are peculiar to each individual,
have a uniformity in their
influence; otherwise our acquaintance with the individuals and our observation
of their conduct could never teach us their dispositions, or serve to direct
our behavior with regard to them.
The mutual dependence of men is so
great in all societies that scarce any human action is entirely complete in
itself, or is performed without some reference to the actions of others, which
are requisite to make it answer fully the
intention of the agent acting.
poorest craftsman, who labors alone,
expects at least the protection
of the magistrate, to ensure him the enjoyment of
the fruits of his labor.
He also expects that,
when he carries his goods to market, and offers them at a reasonable price, he
shall find purchasers, and shall be able, by the money he acquires, to engage
others to supply him with those commodities which are requisite for his
as men extend their dealings, and render their intercourse with others more
complicated, they always comprehend, in their schemes of
life, a greater variety of voluntary actions,
which they expect, from the proper motives, to cooperate with their own.
In all these conclusions they take their measures from past
experience, in the same manner
as in their reasoning concerning external objects; and firmly believe that men,
as well as all the elements, are to continue, in their operations, the same
that they have ever found them.
In short, this experimental inference
and reasoning concerning the actions of others enters so much into human life
that no man, while awake, is
ever a moment without employing it.
When we consider how aptly natural
and moral evidence link together, and form only
one chain of argument, we
shall allow that they are of the same nature, and derived from the same
To proceed in reconciling this project with regard to the
question of liberty and connection;
the most contentious question of
metaphysics, the most
contentious science; it will not require many words to prove mankind has
ever agreed in theory on liberty as well as in that of connection, and that the
whole dispute, in this regard also, has been hitherto merely verbal.
Whatever definition we may give to liberty, we should be careful to
observe two requisite circumstances;
First, that it be consistent with
plain matter of fact;
Secondly, that it be consistent with itself.
If we observe these circumstances, and render our definition
intelligible, I am persuaded that all mankind will be
found of one opinion with regard to it.
Liberty is the ability to act or not
When any opinion leads to
absurdities, it is certainly
false; but it is not certain that an opinion is false, because it seems of
I affirm that the doctrines, both of connection and of liberty are not
only consistent with morality,
but are absolutely essential to its support.
The mind of man is
so formed by nature that, upon the appearance of certain characters,
dispositions, and actions, it immediately feels the sentiment of
approbation or blame; nor
are there any emotions more essential to its frame.
distinctions are founded in the natural sentiments of the human mind: And these
sentiments are not to be controlled or altered by any philosophical theory or
The origin and connection of the passions in
man, will acquire additional authority, if we find, that the same theory is
requisite to explain the same phenomena in all other animals.
It appears evident, that animals as well as men learn many
things from experience, and infer, that the same events will always follow from
the same causes.
principle they become acquainted with the more obvious properties of external
objects, and gradually, from their birth, treasure up knowledge of the
nature of fire,
water, earth, stones, heights, depths and of the
effects which result from their operation.
ignorance and inexperience of
the young are here plainly distinguishable from the cunning and
sagacity of the old, who have
learned, by long observation, to avoid what will hurt them, and to pursue what
gave ease or pleasure.
A horse, that has been
accustomed to the field, becomes acquainted with the proper height which he can
leap, and will never attempt what exceeds his force and ability.
these cases, we may observe, that
the animal infers some
matter of fact beyond what immediately strikes his senses; and that this
inference is altogether founded on past experience.
expects from the present object
and condition the same consequences which it has always
found in it observation to result from similar objects and conditions.
Though animals learn many parts of their knowledge from observation,
there are also many parts which they derive from the original
hand of nature; and in which they improve,
little or nothing, by the longest practice and
denominate instincts, to be admired as something extraordinary, and
inexplicable by the disquisitions of
Our wonder will cease or diminish when we
consider that the experimental reasoning which we possess in common with
beasts, and on which the whole conduct of life, depends, is nothing but
instinct; and in its chief operations, is not directed by any such relations or
comparisons of ideas, as are
the proper objects of our
Though the instinct be different, yet still
it is an instinct, which teaches a man to avoid the fire; as much as that,
which teaches a bird, with such exactness, the incubation, and the whole
economy and order of its nursery.
frequently considered why
mankind, though they without hesitation, acknowledged the
doctrine of connection and
reasoning, have yet had such a
reluctance to acknowledged it in words, and have rather shown a propensity, in
all ages, to profess the contrary opinion of
Uncertainty proceeds from the secret
opposition of contrary causes.
There is no method of reasoning more
common, and yet none more false in philosophical disputes, to
endeavor the refutation
of any hypothesis, by a
pretense of its dangerous
consequences to religion and morality.
The general observations treasured up by a course of
experience, give us the clue of human nature, and teach us to
unravel all its intricacies.
Pretexts and appearances no longer
A man is guilty of unpardonable
arrogance who concludes that an argument that has escaped his own investigation
does not really exist.
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Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious
practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their religious ideology. This
web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of the
Way of the Lumière Infinie - a rational gnostic mystery religion based
on reason which requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no supreme
leader, no church buildings and in which each and every individual is
encouraged to develop a personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer
through the pursuit of the knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the
spiritual corruption that has enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The
Truth of the Way of the Lumière Infinie are spelled out in detail on
this web site by the author. Violent acts against individuals due to their
religious beliefs in America is considered a "hate crime."
This web site
in no way condones violence. To the contrary the intent here is to reduce the
violence that is already occurring due to the international corporate cartels
desire to control the human race. The international corporate cartel already
controls the world economic system, corporate media worldwide, the global
industrial military entertainment complex and is responsible for the collapse
of morals, the elevation of self-centered behavior and the destruction of
global ecosystems. Civilization is based on cooperation. Cooperation does not
occur at the point of a gun.
American social mores and values have
declined precipitously over the last century as the corrupt international
cartel has garnered more and more power. This power rests in the ability to
deceive the populace in general through corporate media by pressing emotional
buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population through prior
corporate media psychological operations. The results have been the destruction
of the family and the destruction of social structures that do not adhere to
the corrupt international elites vision of a perfect world. Through distraction
and coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been
directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that
further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.
views and opinions presented on this web site are the views and opinions of
individual human men and women that, through their writings, showed the
capacity for intelligent, reasonable, rational, insightful and unpopular
thought. All factual information presented on this web site is believed to be
true and accurate and is presented as originally presented in print media which
may or may not have originally presented the facts truthfully. Opinion and
thoughts have been adapted, edited, corrected, redacted, combined, added to,
re-edited and re-corrected as nearly all opinion and thought has been
throughout time but has been done so in the spirit of the original writer with
the intent of making his or her thoughts and opinions clearer and relevant to
the reader in the present time.
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