Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 01, 1876, Page 10, Image 10

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Furthermore, we believe tlmt every being
ttho hau rectdvod a spark from tho great
flame of everlasting intelligence, has a
mission to accomplish, ami lie is in duty
bound to perforin that mission. Notice
the little cloud as it rises above the sur
face of the mighty ocean. It rises still
higher, and, wafted by the gentle breeze,
limits as placidly through tho heavens, as
the vessel upon the fearful bosom of the
u n ni Mod deej). Yet nothing is more in
instructive or significant. Even tho little
cloud has its mission. And the same
Hand, which created the laws causing the
circulation of the atmosphere, guides its
course, and leads it into iU appointed
place, that it may refresh tho drooping
verdure, thereby performing its proper of
flee. As for the cloud of heaven, so for
each of us 'I here is a field of cultivation
for our hand. If wo will but listen to the
voice of conscience, wo surely will he
wafted into our appointed places, and our
missions will he accomplished.
Let us again remark that it is our im
perative duty to improve that degree of
intelligence which the Creator has seen fit
to entrust to our care. If we take into
consideration the advantages and tucili
itiesof which we are in possession, living
in the light and liberty of the nineteenth
century, we shall see that this duty is
doubly enjoined upon us. Upon tho im
provement of her individuals depends the
improvement of tho nation. And wc arc
happy to say that advancement is tho
watchword of tho ago.
But are wo not. perfect? Is there still
room for improvement? Yes, still room.
Look around. Look at the Mormons
in the west. Look at the merciless out
rages and fiendish crimes committed in
the south. Then tho question will be suf
ficiently answered. As long as the
heavens declare the glory of God, and the
sea contains her mysteries, as long as con
tention and discord reign among us, there
is room for improvement. Tho same ship
of improvement set in motion by Peter
the Hermit is still suiting. And we pre
dict that she will continue to glldo noise
lessly, yet triumphantly, and the time shall
soon come when her course shall not be
Suit on thou rover of tliu deep,
'Tilt round tliu world yon (jo;
Making llthuHoinu uvuiy huart,
Which huuUh thy work to know.
J. o. s.
I have lately read some of Emerson's
prose, which was a rare intellectual feast;
not so much its logic, as the real original
ity both in style and sentiment. Such or
iginality is seldom met with in these days
of conformity. Most of our literature is
not much more than u compilation. If a
person sits down to write a book, he mii3t
have books to write from. It is similar
with all tho a Hairs of life.
Our religion, our customs, our manners,
and our education, are dictated by confor
mity and capricious fashion. If we go to
church, and if we know what church we
are in, we can approximately determine'
the text boforo It is announced, "Wo can
be sure that we will hear nothing new.
The same routine predestination, faith
and repentance, infant baptism, immer
sion, etc. For this tho minister is paid
and vowed to preach no other.
How grand, how noble is individuality!
it is only by tins imimuimifiy Unit wo
can be ourselves. But conformity and ca
pricious fashion forbids us to stand in
our own shoes. Wo must wear the garb
and play the part of some one else. Tho
world would have us to walk, to bow, to
converse nnd to smile according to pre
scribed rules. Our education and religion
do not make us real beings, but imitators
or apes.
A few Sundays ago, I witnessed a pleas
ing examplo of conformity. A couple of
strolling uermans entered ono ot our
churches, thinking it was ono of thoir
own creed. After going through a long
form of silting and standing, and bowing