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    Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to woman, strength to 18Centre for affectionsman, and a centre for the affections. This, however, in a majority of cases, is not its present tendency, and why? Because the education of 21the higher nature is neglected, and other considerations,  — passion, frivolous amusements, personal adornment, display, and pride, — occupy thought.

24    An ill-attuned ear calls discord harmony, not appreciating concord. So physical sense, not discerning the true Spiritual concordhappiness of being, places it on a false basis. 27Science will correct the discord, and teach us life’s sweeter harmonies.

    Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, 30and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal 61 61:1man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real 3enjoyment.

    The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happi6Ascendency of goodness will never be won. The attainment of this celestial condition would improve our progeny, diminish crime, and give higher aims to ambi9tion. Every valley of sin must be exalted, and every mountain of selfishness be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science. The offspring 12of heavenly-minded parents inherit more intellect, better balanced minds, and sounder constitutions.

    If some fortuitous circumstance places promising chil15dren in the arms of gross parents, often these beautiful Propensities inheritedchildren early droop and die, like tropical flowers born amid Alpine snows. If perchance 18they live to become parents in their turn, they may reproduce in their own helpless little ones the grosser traits of their ancestors. What hope of happiness, what noble 21ambition, can inspire the child who inherits propensities that must either be overcome or reduce him to a loathsome wreck?

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