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57:1    Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it 3one cannot attain the Science of Life.

    Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a 6Mental elementshigher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities. These 9different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong. The attrac12tion between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring.

15    Beauty, wealth, or fame is incompetent to meet the demands of the affections, and should never weigh Affection’s demandsagainst the better claims of intellect, good18ness, and virtue. Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to 21share it.

    Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return. Love enriches the nature, en24Help and disciplinelarging, purifying, and elevating it. The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance 27of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for 30heaven.

    Marriage is unblest or blest, according to the disappointments it involves or the hopes it fulfils. To happify 58 58:1existence by constant intercourse with those adapted to elevate it, should be the motive of society. Unity of 3spirit gives new pinions to joy, or else joy’s drooping wings trail in dust.

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