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Ethics, p. xiii] Invisible Barriers The more we try to see into the development of things, in any field whatever, the more we become conscious that to each epoch there are set certain limits of knowledge, come to a halt, and always at the was apparently bound to advance to higher and definitive knowledge that seemed just within before which it has to very moment when a its grasp. phy, and The it real history of progress in physics, philoso- and more especially in psychology, religion, is the history of incomprehensible cessations of conceptions that were unattainable by a given epoch, in spite of all that to them of the thoughts it did not could not, but because there was some mysterious command upon it not to.

The existing one is maintained by the press, organization, and by financial and other are at its disposal. This unnatural way by propaganda, by influences which of spreading ideas must be opposed the natural one, and relies solely on the truth by which goes from man to man of the thoughts and the hearer's receptiveness for new truth. Unarmed and following the human spirit's primitive and natural fighting method, it must attack the other, which faces it, as Goliath faced David, in the mighty armor of the age, [Decay, pp.

Life, p. 261] Lao-tse Just as I felt Stoic thinking to be elemental, so I felt that of Lao-tse to be the same, when I became acquainted with his Tao Te King. For him, too, the important thing is that man shall come, by simple thinking, into a spiritual relation to the world, and prove his unity with it by his life. There is, therefore, an essential relationship between Greek Stoicism and Chinese. The only distinction between them is that the former had its origin in well-developed, logical thinking, the latter in intuitive thinking which was undeveloped and yet marvellously profound.

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