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9    To be a great man or woman, to have a name whose odor fills the world with its fragrance, is to bear with patience the buffetings of envy or malice — even while 12seeking to raise those barren natures to a capacity for a higher life. We should look with pitying eye on the momentary success of all villainies, on mad ambition 15and low revenge. This will bring us also to look on a kind, true, and just person, faithful to conscience and honest beyond reproach, as the only suitable fabric out 18of which to weave an existence fit for earth and heaven.

Contagion

21    Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to 24mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, 27believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

30    People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, 229 229:1and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state pre3pares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to con6tact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.

9    If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and 12the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing 15the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; 18there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

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