whilst the world is thus dual, so is everyone of its parts. the entire system of things gets represented in every particle. there is somewhat that resembles the ebb and flow of the sea, day and night, man and woman, in a single needle of the pine, in a kernel of corn, in each individual of every animal tribe. the reaction, so grand in the elements, is repeated within these small boundaries. for example, in the animal kingdom one observes that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect. a surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature. if the head and neck are enlarged, the trunk and extremities are cut short.
the theory of mechanic forces is another example. what we gain in power we lose in time; and the converse. the periodic or compensating errors of the seasons is another instance. the influences of climate and soil in political history is another. the cold climate invigorates. the barren soil does not breed fevers, crocodiles, tigers, or scorpions.
the same dualism underlies the nature and condition of man. every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess. every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good. every faculty which is a receiver of pleasure has an equal penalty put on its abuse. it is to answer for its moderation with its life. for every grain of wit there is a grain of folly. for everything you have missed, you have gained something else. and for everything you gain you lose something else. if riches increase, they are increased that use them. if the gatherer gathers too much, nature takes out of the man what she puts into his chest, swells the estate, but kills the owner. nature hates monopolies and exceptions. the waves of the sea do not more speedily seek a level from their loftiest tossing, than the varieties of condition tend to equalize themselves.
there is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing, the strong, the rich, the fortunate. substantially on the same ground with all others. is a man too strong and fierce for society, and by temper and position a bad citizen, a morose ruffian, with a dash of the pirate in him; nature sends him a troop of pretty sons and daughters, who are getting along in the dame’s classes at the village school, and love and fear for them smooths his grim scowl to courtesy. thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts in the lamb, and keeps her balance true.
our joy within is forever, i have always been travelling and learning it is only know that i see. knowledge is a natural need. a slow fire is one that will burn forever. what is unsteady but glittering is not attractive but what is simple and low is divine. time is man’s greatest gift. i will guard these golden gates of art i’m infinite.