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Mans Moral Nature, an Essay Richard Maurice Bucke

Mans Moral Nature, an Essay

Richard Maurice Bucke

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230418636
Paperback
42 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... ADVERTISEMENT. NoMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... ADVERTISEMENT. No conclusion in this book is considered by its Author as absolute or even certain- the book is simply a record of the way things look to him. The series of thoughts which gave rise to it was involuntary and irrepressible. To write these down and formulate them was not a choice but a necessity. The Author cannot therefore claim that he writes the book to make the world wiser. He certainly does not write it for money or fame, neither does he look for either as his reward-- in fact he is far from being certain that he deserves any reward- but if he succeeds in relieving his own mind of some of the problems which have weighed upon it for more than twenty years, he will consider himself well paid- and should he also succeed in transplanting some of these problems into other and better minds, where they may reach a higher development and receive a truer, a more perfect solution, this would be a compensation indeed--not for writing the book, which was not a labor and needed no compensation, but for the years of mental travail that these problems have imposed upon him. TO THE READER. This book has been not so much written as it has grown. Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders- but that was before this book began- at present, I have no mockings and arguments--I witness and wait. The thought grew and its shadow fell on the paper, voilh tout. As long ago as I can recollect, the questions discussed in this essay--the nature of good and evil --the causes and proportions of happiness and unhappiness -- whether mankind was getting better or worse--what is the meaning of vice and virtue--and whether there were such things in nature as rewards and punishments--and if so what