emerson: the wings of time are black and white.
divine postman: pied with morning and with night.
emerson: mountain tall and ocean deep. trembling balance duly keep.
divine postman: in changing moon, in tidal wave, glows the feud of want and have.
emerson: gauge of more and less, through space. electric star and pencil plays.
divine postman: the lonely earth, amid the balls that hurry through the eternal halls, a makeweight to the void.
emerson: supplemental asteroid, or, compensatory spark, shoots across the neutral dark.
divine postman: man’s the elm, and wealth is the vine, staunch and strong the tendrils twine.
emerson: through the frail singlets thee deceive.
divine postman: none from its stock that vine can leave.
emerson: fear not, then, though child infirm.
divine postman: there is no god dare wrong a worm!
emerson: laurel crowns cleave to deserts, and power to him who power exerts.
divine postman: hast not thy share? on winged feet, lo! it rushes thee to meet.
emerson: and all that nature made thy own, floating in air or pent in stone, will rive the hills.
divine postman: and swim the sea, and, like thy shadow, follow thee.
emerson: ever since, i was a boy divine postman, i have wished to write a discourse on compensation.
for it seemed to me that when very young, that on this subject life was ahead of schooling. and that the people knew more than what the teachers taught.
divine postman: it is the law of laws emerson, for it justifies nature’s bartering system, which the dollar has absolutely no power over.
emerson: nature is in the truth of exchanging one thing for another. the mind and the body are nature’s greatest gifts.
and whoever desires to explore them in full must be prepared to forsake the low ends at which the mob aim.
divine postman: the gods sell us the pleasures that we enjoy at the cost of giving up what they consider to be trifles. the great tragedy in life is that people never get to know who they are.
emerson: we need to immerse ourselves in whatever occupations we have chosen. in order to observe fortune’s hand.
she will charm our fancy by her endless variety, and lay always before us even in sleep.
divine postman: for she is the tools in our hands, the bread in our basket, the transactions of the street, the farm, and the dwelling house.
greetings, relations, debts and credits, the influence of character, the nature and endowment of all men.
emerson: it seemed to me also, divine postman, that in the doctrine of compensation might be shown men a ray of divinity, the present action of the soul of this world, clean from all vestige of tradition.
divine postman: and thus, the heart of man might be bathed friend by an inundation of eternal love, conversing with that which he knows was always and always must be, because it really is now.
divine postman: no one dares to observe the whispers of nature emerson.
emerson: they are too busy with their employments to listen to the song that she sings. wasting their lives running up and down in cars.
divine postman: they will spend their whole lives complaining. as they go against the sovereignty of nature.
emerson: and never be aware of the majesty of compensation, that in order to receive one must be prepared to give.
divine postman: we make life so hard when it is ordained to be simple.
emerson: the life of working for money is quite contrary to nature. our actions are mechanical and not natural.
divine postman: polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light.
in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of waters; in male and female; in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals.
emerson: in the equation of quantity and quality divine postman, in the fluids of the animal body we see nature’s hand of polarity.
divine postman: in the systole and diastole of the heart friend, we see polarity. in the undulations of fluids, and of sound. in the centrifugal and centripetal gravity.
emerson: also in electricity, galvanism, and chemical affinity.
divine postman: superinduce magnetism on one end of a needle; the opposite magnetism takes place at the other end.
emerson: if the south repels friend; the north attracts.
divine postman: to empty here emerson, you must condense there. an inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole.
emerson: as spirit, matter; man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay. you push on one end; you pull on the other.
divine postman: whilst the world is thus dual, so is everyone of its parts. the entire system of things gets represented in every particle.
emerson: 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.
divine postman: the reaction, so grand in the elements, is repeated within these small boundaries.
emerson: for example, in the animal kingdom the physiologist has observed that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect.
divine postman: it is true what you say emerson, because 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.
emerson: the theory of the mechanic forces is another example divine postman. what we gain in power is lost in time; and what is lost in time is gained in power.
when we give up matter and choose simplicity, we are rewarded with experience and grow in knowledge.
divine postman: the compensating errors in the dna is another example. every excess causes a defect and every defect an excess.
emerson: every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good. nature creates harmony from our actions.
divine postman: every faculty which is a receiver of pleasure has an equal penalty put on its abuse. reminding one that everything is good in moderation.
emerson: too much food will swell the body. too much alcohol will disfigure the mind. it is to answer for its moderation with its life.
divine postman: 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.
emerson: there is a cost to everything divine postman, and the great the cost the greater the prize.
divine postman: and to receive the prize, we need to remain patient and grow in our faith through obedience.
emerson: many small things divine postman will become one great thing. a virtuous monument with ivory globes will endure.
divine postman: 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.
emerson: nature hates monopolies and exceptions divine postman.
divine postman: 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. the moon in the evening with her immortal water cools the earth, thus nature is always maintaining her balancing act.
emerson: there is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing, the strong, the rich, the fortunate. substantially on the same ground with others.
divine postman: no man is beyond the reach of nature’s hand.
emerson: is a man too wealthy and patronizing of the poor, and by his lust of money considers the world to be profits and gains? nature breaks his marriage causes a sword between him and his children.
and so he gains the wealth and prosperity of his business; but loses time with his family.
divine postman: thus nature emerson maintains her balance, gives a man wealth but takes away his family.
emerson: that is why, divine postman, we must choose carefully what life we want to lead. we cannot pursue wealth and at the same time expect to raise children and have a home.
divine postman: indeed emerson you are right, i decided to get a vasectomy and sell and give all that i own because freedom and riches go hand in hand.
emerson: we cannot be poets and bankers, nor parents and travelers, we must choose the life that we believe in. and we do not need much in order to live, there are a very few necessities that matter.
divine postman: what matters most is time and using the tools that nature has given us to invest in ourselves.
emerson: and by being at our best we give the best. our purpose is to give and grow.
divine postman: the traveler imagines freedom and exploring are fine things. but the inhabitant of the city has paid a dear price for his family and house in the suburb.
emerson: the cost of having children and a home is having to work for them for the rest of your life.
divine postman: it will cost the parents all their peace and the best of their youthful days. they will lose the glory of mind and body in all their endeavors to build and maintain a home.
emerson: they will age a lot faster divine postman and will be content to eat dust from their employers. and will preserve so conspicuous an image before the world.
divine postman: pretending they are happy when inside they are dieing.
emerson: a family is a snare friend set up by the dogmas of society. do we need so many households? can we not choose to explore heaven and earth?
divine postman: the world runs its profits through the structure of a family. people work emerson because they have a family, they do not see humanity to be one star. our truest home is heaven and earth.
emerson: it is what feeds and sustains all things. having a family and a home will produce a set routine of duties that are repeated throughout their entire life. people acquire possessions as though they were here to stay on this earth. they do not prepare their mind and soul for the life after death.
divine postman: hence it is emerson that they gain the whole world but lose their souls; but love in her infinite providence will give birth to one brave man who will suffer and overcome all dangers. those who listen to him will be set free, and receive their crown of glory.
emerson: the poet will liberate those who follow him. better to desire the permanent and more substantial grandeur of genius.
divine postman: neither has this an immunity.
emerson: he who by force of will or of thought, is great and overlooks millions, has the charges of that eminence.
divine postman: the great mind will scoff the food of the masses finding his truth in water. all things bow down before him who is brave.
emerson: with every influx of light divine postman comes new danger. has he light? he must bear witness to that light, and always outrun the sympathy which gives him such keen satisfaction, by his fidelity to new revelations of the soul.
divine postman: he must hate father and mother, friend, wife and child.
emerson: has he all that the world loves and admires and covets?
divine postman: he must cast behind him their admiration, and afflict them by faithfulness to his truth, and become a by-word and a hissing.
emerson: this law writes the law of cities and nations. it is vain to plot or build or combine against it.
divine postman: things refuse to be mismanaged long emerson. though no checks to a new evil appear, the checks exist, and will appear.
emerson: everything hidden will be revealed divine postman. the light will expose all darkness.
divine postman: if the father is cruel to his son, his life will not be safe. fear will dog him wherever he goes.
emerson: if you speak harshly upon others, your life will yield nothing. people will speak about your cruelty behind your back and no soul will befriend you.
divine postman: if a man is wise and calm at all times, bringing peace upon all those who quarrel, and nature has bestowed him with grace, beauty, and purity of speech.
the pressure is resisted by an overcharge of energy in the faces he meets and everyone demands his time.
emerson: thus he must always be at his best and show man a greater truth. teaching them to be patient.
divine postman: love lives within. the true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors and felicity of condition.
emerson: and they establish themselves divine postman, with great indifferency under all varieties of circumstance.
divine postman: under all governments emerson, the influence of character remains the same.
emerson: under the primeval despots of florence, troy, and alexandria, history honestly confesses that man must have been as free as culture could make him.
divine postman: these appearances indicate that the universe is represented in everyone of its particles.
emerson: everything in nature divine postman contains all the powers of nature. everything is made of one hidden stuff.
divine postman: as the naturalist sees, one type under every metamorphosis, and regards a horse as a running man.
emerson: a fish as a swimming man, a butterfly as a flying man. and a tree as a rooted man.
divine postman: each new form repeats not only the main character of the type, but part for part all the details, all the aims, furtherance, hindrances, energies and whole system of every other.
emerson: every occupation, trade, art, transaction, is a compend of the world and a correlative of every other.
divine postman: each one is an entire emblem of human life emerson.
emerson: of its good and ill, its trials, its enemies.
divine postman: its course and its end.
emerson: and each one must somehow accommodate the whole of man, and recite all his destiny.
divine postman: it is when we lose all things that we see our treasure. people’s minds are consumed by all that they own.
emerson: what matters divine postman is all that remains, when tragedy befalls us. let us be prepared to give up things to receive all that awaits us.
divine postman: and when they are taken away from us, let them not claw our souls. but must be gently removed.
emerson: the world globes itself in a single drop of dew.
divine postman: the microscope cannot find the animalcule, which is less perfect for being little.
emerson: eyes, ears, taste, smell, motion, resistance, appetite and organs of reproduction that take hold on eternity- all find room to consist in the butterfly.
divine postman: so do we put our life into every act emerson.
emerson: yes, we do divine postman. the doctrine of omnipresence is, that nature reappears with all its parts in every stone and bark.
divine postman: the presence of nature friend is a repetition of a very few laws. the value of the universe contrives to throw itself into every point.
emerson: if the good is there so is the evil; if the affinity, so the repulsion; if the force so the limitation.
divine postman: what i learn through my travels emerson is, that man’s desires never change.
emerson: people do what they do divine postman for the sake of pleasure. wherever you go in the good earth you will find the same laws that repeat themselves. but in every soul they are infinite in their variety. the sphinx has been solved divine postman. love prevailed over all things.
divine postman: it is only success that awaits us now emerson.
emerson: yes we did become what we deserve. this word is life.
divine postman: thus is the universe alive. all things are moral.
emerson: that soul, which within us is a sentiment, outside of us is a law.
divine postman: we feel its inspiration emerson; out there in history we can see its fatal strength.
emerson: it is in the world and the world was made by it. the laws that we feel is the truth that we live.
divine postman: justice is not postponed, a perfect equity adjusts its balance in all parts of life.
emerson: the dice of love are always fully loaded divine postman.
divine postman: the world looks like a multiplication table ralph, or a mathematical equation, which, turn it how you will, balances itself.
emerson: take what figure you will friend, it’s exact value, nor more nor less, still returns to you.
divine postman: every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong redressed in silence and certainty.
emerson: what we call retribution is the universal necessity by which the whole appears wherever a part appears.
divine postman: if you see smoke, there must be fire emerson. if you see a hand or limb, you know that the trunk to which it belongs is there behind.
emerson: with every flash of genius in our minds we perceive possibility. it depends on your faith and willingness whether you follow that thought.
divine postman: genius has no choice but to follow that thought.
emerson: and embrace the twists and turns. well aware that through patience and persistence his virtue will be rewarded. there will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions divine postman, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. for of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem. these varieties are lost sight of at a little distance, at a little height of thought. one tendency unites them all.
divine postman: nature will raise us from ignorance to wisdom. the voyage of the best ship emerson is a zigzag line of a thousand tracks. see the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.
divine postman: every act rewards itself, or, in other words, integrates itself, in a twofold manner; first, in the thing, or in real nature; and secondly, in the circumstance, or in apparent nature.
emerson: men call the circumstance divine postman, the retribution. the causal retribution is in the thing, and is seen by the soul.
divine postman: the retribution in the circumstance is seen by understanding; it is inseparable from the thing, but is often spread over a long period.
emerson: and so does not become distinct until after many years. genius will eventually bloom divine postman.
divine postman: and evil will eventually be punished emerson.
emerson: the specific stripes may follow late after the offense, but they follow because they accompany it.
divine postman: no man can escape nature’s judgement. crime and punishment grow out of one stem.
emerson: punishment is a fruit that unsuspected ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
divine postman: the husband who abuses his wife upon her death, will be called to account through the wrath of his son.
emerson: every man who abuses his wife will eventually meet his demise. cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed.
divine postman: for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means.
emerson: the fruit lives in the seed. everything concealed will be revealed.
divine postman: whilst the world is whole, and refuses to be disparted, we seek to act partially, to sunder, to appropriate.
emerson: for example divine postman, to gratify the senses, we sever the pleasure of the senses from the needs of the character.
divine postman: the ingenuity of man ralph has always been dedicated to the solution of one problem- how to detach the sensual sweet, the sensual strong, the sensual bright, etc., from the moral sweet, the moral deep, the moral fair.
emerson: that is, again, divine postman, to contrive to cut clean off this upper surface so thin as to leave it bottomless.
divine postman: man is in denial of nature’s supremacy friend. he wants to get a one end, without the other end.
emerson: there is nothing for something. all good that is in the soul can only be received upon sacrificing matter.
divine postman: the soul says eat; the body would feast.
emerson: the soul says, the man and woman shall be one flesh and one soul; the body would join the flesh only.
divine postman: the soul says, have dominion over all things to the ends of virtue; the body would have power over things to its own end.
emerson: and as a man is ruled by his flesh, he works to feed his belly; and does not live to transform his soul.
divine postman: the soul strives amain to live and work through all things, demanding absolute discipline to reveal greatness. it would be the only fact.
emerson: the soul obeys exact laws and it can only transcend when the body is aligned with its needs.
divine postman: and for the body to be one with the soul it must live in nature.
emerson: all things shall be added unto the soul- power, pleasure, knowledge, beauty. hence the vessel needs to be pure.
divine postman: the particular man, aims to be somebody. to set up for himself. to truck and higgle for a private good.
and in particulars, to ride, that he may ride; to dress, that he may be dressed; to eat, that he may eat; and to govern; that he may be seen.
emerson: men seek to be great; they would have offices, wealth, power, and fame.
they think that divine postman, to be great is to possess one side of nature- the sweet without the other side- the bitter.
divine postman: all things come at a cost emerson. the government employee, or the company executive upon his resignation perceives the real price that he paid for his employment.
emerson: he never knew his children, he never knew his wife, he never knew himself. and so he becomes a stock on the shelf, retiring to his countryside.
divine postman: convincing himself that he has something to live for, when inside he is dead.
he did not work on himself but worked on the dollar.
emerson: and thus friend he in his old age he lives in misery, fearing death.
divine postman: and it will be too late to undo all his regrets. loss is one thing emerson, regret another.
emerson: the dividing and detaching is steadily counteracted. up to this day, it must be owned.
no projector has had the smallest success. the parted water re-unites behind our hand.
divine postman: pleasure is taken out of pleasant things, profit is taken out of profitable things, and power out of strong things, as soon as we seek to separate them from the whole.
emerson: we can no more have things divine postman, and get the sensual good, by itself, than we can have an outside without the inside.
divine postman: spirit can never exist without matter; conversely matter can never live without spirit.
emerson: every light casts a shadow. drive out nature with a fork she comes running back.
divine postman: life invests itself with inevitable conditions, which the unwise seek to dodge.
emerson: the ignorant citizen who wakes up in the morning everyday to go to his work, claims that nature’s inevitable conditions do not touch him. but the brag, divine postman, is on his lips, the conditions in his soul.
divine postman: if he escapes them in one part, emerson, they attack him in a more vital part. many words are meaningless ralph, the coward will talk the wise will do with meaning.
emerson: if you escape the conditions of the soul in form, and in the appearance, it is because you have resisted your life, and have fled from yourself, and the retribution is so much death.
divine postman: we are all running towards something emerson, either to ourselves or away from ourselves.
emerson: so signal is the failure of all attempts to make this separation of the good from the tax, that the experiment would not be tried divine postman. since to try it is to be mad.
divine postman: but for the circumstance, that when the disease began in the will, of rebellion and separation, the intellect is at once infected.
emerson: so that the man ceases to see love whole in each object divine postman. but is able to see the sensual allurement of an object, and not see the sensual hurt.
divine postman: and so the young maid, with butterflies in her stomach, imagines marriage and starting a family to be great things.
ignorant of the trouble there is in marriage and the sacrifices to be made when raising children.
emerson: and thus she works her whole life for her husband and kids. she loses her finer and purest parts in the process.
divine postman: her dreams die because, now, she has given birth to marriage and children. she did not foresee the burden of committment.
emerson: she sees the mermaids head, and not the dragon’s tail; and thinks that she can cut off that which she would have, from that which she would not have.
divine postman: she places her happiness in another human being only to find that he would bruise her heel and there becomes enmity between wife and husband.
emerson: cracks begin to show but they desparately try to hide them from their child. all their efforts are in vain and things fall apart in the end.
divine postman: and the child will feel the most pain. marriage, family and a career appear sweet in the beginning but oh! so bitter in the end.
there is a cost to having a child, there is a cost to having a home, and there is a cost living in marriage.
emerson: the choices we make lead us to our destiny. none can ever raise a child better than nature. suckle him with the she wolf’s teat, cast the bantling on the rocks.
divine postman: how secret art thou, who dwellest in the highest heaven in silence, O thou only great Athena.
emerson: sprinkling with an unwearied providence. certain penal blindnesses upon such as have unbridled desires.
divine postman: the human soul is true to these facts in the painting of fable, of history, of law, of proverbs, of conversation.
emerson: it finds a tongue in literature unawares. thus the greeks called zeus supreme mind.
but having traditionally ascribed to him many base actions, they involuntarily made amends to reason, by tying up the hands of so bad a god.
divine postman: he is made as helpless as a king of england emerson. prometheus knows one secret which zeus must bargain for. minerva another.
emerson: zeus cannot get the key to his own thunders divine postman! minerva keeps them. “of all the gods i only know the keys, that open the solid doors, within whose vaults his thunders sleep.”
divine postman: a plain confession of the inworking of the all, and of its moral aim.
emerson: every man and woman has a purpose to fulfill on this earth. unique to that particular individual.
divine postman: and with our purpose emerson we complete the puzzle of humanity.
emerson: the indian mythology friend ends in the same ethics; and it would seem impossible for any fable to be invented to get any currency which was not moral.
divine postman: aurora forgot to ask youth for her lover, and though tithonus is immortal, he is old.
emerson: achilles is not quite invulnerable divine postman; the sacred waters did not wash the heel in which thetis held him.
divine postman: siegfried in the niebelungen, is not quite immortal, for a leaf fell on his back whilst he was bathing in the dragon’s blood, and that spot which it covered friend, is mortal.
emerson: and so it must be divine postman. there is a crack in everything nature has made. no mortal is perfect. the most pure is he who is aware of his flaws.
divine postman: and leans on nature for grace.
emerson: it would seem, there is always this vindictive circumstance stealing in at unawares, even into the wild poesy in which the human fancy attempted to make bold holiday.
divine postman: and to shake itself free of the old laws- this backstroke, this kick of the gun, certifying that the law is fatal.
emerson: that in nature nothing can be given, all things are sold.
divine postman: there is a cost to all our pleasures. and the price we pay will teach us how to sustain our chosen way.
emerson: this is that ancient doctrine of nemesis, who keeps watch in the universe, and lets no offense go unchastised.
divine postman: the furies, they said emerson, are attendants on justice, and if the sun in heaven should transgress his path, they would punish him.
emerson: the poets related divine postman, that stone walls, and iron swords, and leathern thongs had an occult sympathy with the wrongs of their owners
divine postman: i recall emerson, that the belt which ajax gave hector dragged the trojan hero over the field at the car of achilles. and the sword which hector gave ajax was that on whose point the danaan warrior fell.
emerson: they recorded divine postman, that when the thasians erected a statue to theagenes, a victor in the games, one of his rivals went to it by night, and endeavored to throw it down by repeated blows.
until at last he moved it from its pedestal, and was crushed to death beneath its fall.
divine postman: this voice of fable emerson, has in it somewhat divine, it came from thought above the will of the writer.
emerson: that is the best part of each writer divine postman, which has nothing private in it.
divine postman: it is that part of his being which he does not know, that which flowed out of his constitution, whispering to him the roots of his divinity. and not from his too active invention.
emerson: that which in the study of a single artist you might not find, but in the study of many, you would abstract as the spirit of them all.
divine postman: leonardo da vinci it is not, but the work of man in that renaissance age my friend, whereby genius abounded in every street, that i would know.
emerson: the name and circumstance of leonardo, however convenient for history divine postman, embarass when we come to the highest criticism.
divine postman: we are to see ralph, that which man was tending to do in a given age, when all glory centred to his natural genius.
and was hindered, or, if you will, modified in doing, by the interfering volitions, of leonardo, and michelangelo; of montaigne, and shakespeare.
emerson: the organ whereby man at the moment wrought. and man was one with the gods.
divine postman: still more striking emerson, is the expression of this fact in the proverbs of all nations, which are always the literature of reason.
emerson: or the statements of an absolute truth divine postman, without qualification.
divine postman: proverbs emerson, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.
emerson: that which the droning world, chained to appearances, will not allow the realist to say in his own words.
divine postman: it will suffer him to say in proverbs without contradiction.
emerson: and this law of laws friend, which the pulpit, the senate and the college deny, is hourly preached in all markets and workshops by flights of proverbs.
divine postman: whose teaching is as true and omnipresent as that of butterflies and dogs.
emerson: all things are double, one against another. tit for tat; an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth; blood for blood; measure for measure; love for love.
divine postman: give and it shall be given you ralph. he that watereth shall be watered. what will you have? quoth love; pay for it and take it.
emerson: freedom is nature’s gift unto man. it is through freedom that we take all things in our arms.
divine postman: when the soul is free it begins to attract all it needs. and manifests beauty through all that it creates.
emerson: when we do not venture to explore we will have nothing.
divine postman: thou shalt be paid exactly for what thou hast done emerson- no more, no less. nature will give each man according to their labor.
emerson: who doth not work divine postman, shall not eat. harm watch, harm catch. curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them.
divine postman: if you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own. and the yoke you place on your servants will be bound on your children.
emerson: bad counsel confounds the adviser divine postman. the devil is an ass.
divine postman: it is thus written emerson, because it is thus in life. our action is overmastered and characterised above our will by the law of nature.
emerson: we aim at a petty end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistable magnetism in a line with the poles of the world.
divine postman: it is nature’s means of reminding us emerson, that to secure the good of one person is as good as nothing. but to secure the good of the whole of man is a noble and divine achievement. success does not demand a great deal of doing, more than it does a great deal of thinking.
emerson: we must know divine postman that at all times our prize awaits. hope needs a humble hand. the brain loves to be creative. nature will force us to use our imagination.
divine postman: everything begins with a thought emerson. a man cannot speak but judges himself. with his will, or against his will, he draws his portrait to the eye of his companions by every word.
emerson: there is a source for all that we do divine postman. every opinion re-acts on him who utters it.
divine postman: it is a thread-ball thrown at a mark, but the other end remains in the thrower’s bag.
emerson: or rather divine postman, it is a harpoon hurled at the whale, unwinding, as it flies, a coil of cord in the boat.
divine postman: and if the harpoon is not good, or not well thrown, it will go nigh to cut the steersman in twain, or to sink the boat.
emerson: you cannot do wrong without suffering wrong divine postman. all that you do will follow you. no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him.
divine postman: when we are prepared to suffer for what we believe in, we will be rewarded with it. the suffering is the price that we pay.
emerson: the exclusive in fashionable life divine postman, does not see that he excludes himself from enjoyment in the attempt to appropriate it. oh! how we love beauty.
divine postman: it is evermore redolent to the senses when we stumble upon it. beauty will teach a man that it is folly emerson, to separate yourself from the whole of humanity. africa, asia, america, and europe is one great star.
emerson: the exclusionist divine postman, in philosophy does not see that he shuts the door of wisdom on himself, in striving to shut out the ability of reasoning.
religion, corporations, and institutions consider reasoning to be meaningless. they fail to see with the eye of the soul.
divine postman: slaves do not think emerson, they walk around mindless denying the wonders of beauty.
emerson: they never ask questions and find delight in distracting themselves from their problems. all they ever think about is food and paying their bills. how stale their life has become.
divine postman: treat men as pawns and ninepins, and you shall suffer as well as they.
emerson: it is exactly how institutions treat these fools divine postman. they leave out the heart.
divine postman: the heart dies with every paycheck emerson.
emerson: the senses would make things of all persons. of women, of children, of the poor.
divine postman: when we begin living simply emerson we grow in our truth. nature gives us exactly what we need.
emerson: all infractions of love and equity in our social relations are speedily punished.
divine postman: they are punished by fear emerson. whilst i stand in simple relations to my fellow man, i have no displeasure in meeting him.
emerson: you meet as water meets water divine postman.
divine postman: or as two currents of air mix, with perfect diffusion and interpenetration of nature.
emerson: but as soon as there is any departure from simplicity, and attempt at halfness, or good for you that is not good for him, your neighbor feels the wrong.
divine postman: he shrinks from me as far as i have shrunk from him.
emerson: his eyes no longer seek yours divine postman. there is war between the two of you.
divine postman: there is hate in him and fear in me. a man’s intentions determine his fate.
emerson: the thoughts we communicate are the deeds that nature will reciprocate. we receive what we think about.
divine postman: all the old abuses in society, universal and particular, all unjust accumulations of property and power, are avenged in the same manner.
emerson: fear holds dominion over all men friend.
divine postman: fear emerson, is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions.
emerson: indeed divine postman, one thing this whelping beast teaches: that there is rottenness where it appears.
divine postman: it uncovers all laziness and is a carrion crow, and though you see not well what fear hovers for, there is death somewhere.
it points us to the truth that, for there to be peace on the outside, there needs to be tranquility on the inside.
emerson: most rich of all men is he who has overcome all his fears.
divine postman: true riches stem from the immortal soul emerson.
emerson: through suffering and sacrifice we build our kingdom within and receive our prize.
divine postman: there is a promise nature has made to all men.
emerson: our schools are timid, our employments make drowsy, our homes lack character.
divine postman: fear for ages has boded and mowed and gibbered over government and schools.
emerson: that obscene bird is not there for nothing divine postman. he indicates great wrongs which must be revised.
divine postman: and when we give up on our dreams she will never cease to hound you.
emerson: “up, up, again old heart!”- she will sing. the stars above have favored thee.
divine postman: of the like nature emerson, is that expectation of change.
emerson: which instantly follows the suspension of our voluntary activity.
divine postman: the terror of cloudless noon, the emerald of polycrates.
emerson: the awe of prosperity divine postman, the instinct which leads every generous soul to impose on itself tasks of a noble asceticism and vicarious virtue.
divine postman: are the tremblings of the balance of justice through the heart and mind of man.
emerson: every man must be his own slave-driver divine postman, so as to bring out the divinity in him.
how blessed is the self-helping mortal, who believes in his noble thought, that he spends his whole life cultivating.
divine postman: his whole existence is in the breathe of his craft, let him never cease to hone his skills. experienced men of the world know very well emerson, that it is best to pay scot and lot as they go along.
emerson: and that a man often pays dear for a small frugality.
divine postman: the borrower runs in his own debt. has a man gained anything who has received a thousand favors and rendered none?
emerson: has he gained by borrowing through indolence and cunning, his wife’s money, his son’s labour, and sibling’s kindness.
divine postman: there arises on the deed the instant acknowledgement of benefit on the one part, and of debt on the other; that is of superiority and inferiority.
emerson: the wise will always earn things through honor and valor. the transaction remains in the memory of himself and his neighbor.
divine postman: and every new transaction alters according to its nature, their relation to each other.
emerson: he may soon come to see that it would have been better had he broken his own bones than to have ridden in his wife’s and son’s coach.
divine postman: and that the highest price he can pay for a thing is to ask for it.
emerson: let every man be accountable to his conscious divine postman, honoring his convictions.
divine postman: what you are called to do emerson will never leave you.
emerson: a wise man divine postman, will extend this lesson to all parts of life. and know that it is the part of prudence to face every claimant.
and pay every just demand on your time, your talents, or your heart. always pay; for, first or last, you must pay your entire debt.
divine postman: and those are the true debts emerson, those imposed by nature upon the spirit.
persons and events may stand for a time between you and justice but it is only a postponement. you must pay at last your own debt.
emerson: if you are wise friend, you will dread a prosperity, which only loads you with more.
divine postman: life cannot be a burden ralph, true prosperity embodies simplicity and freedom. benefit is the end of nature.
emerson: but for every benefit you receive, a tax is levied. he is great who confers the most benefits.
divine postman: he is base- and that is the one base thing in the universe- to receive favors and render none.
it is absolute thiefery emerson, and nature in her harmony will clap the man’s conscious into jail.
emerson: in the order of nature divine postman, we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them.
but the benefit we receive must be rendered again. line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.
divine postman: the world is a circle friend. let us serve people with a positive spirit. everyday giving our all and treasuring every moment we share with people. the best gift to give to another is presence.
emerson: beware of too much good staying in your hand. it will fast corrupt and worm worms.
divine postman: pay it away in some sort quickly.
emerson: we must write for purpose divine postman, and understand the meaning of our words.
divine postman: and as we persevere and endure the meaning will become more clear.
emerson: labor is watched over by pitiless laws.
divine postman: cheapest, say the prudent, is the dearest labor.
emerson: what we buy in a mat, a broom, a shovel, a spoon, is some application of good sense to a common want.
divine postman: it is best to pay in your land a skillful gardener, or to buy good sense applied to gardening.
emerson: in your sailor divine postman, good sense applied to navigation. in the house good sense, applied to cooking, sewing, serving.
divine postman: and in your agent, good sense applied to accounts and affairs.
emerson: so do you multiply your presence divine postman, or spread yourself throughout your estate.
divine postman: but because of the dual constitution of things; in labor as in life there can be no cheating.
the thief steals from himself. the swindler swindles himself. and the oppressor oppresses himself.
emerson: no mercy is shown when the tables turn. for the real price of labor is knowledge and virtue, whereof wealth and credit are signs.
divine postman: a man would value anything but knowledge and water emerson, yet they are the very essence of his being.
paper money, may be counterfeited or stolen, but that which they represent, namely, knowledge and virtue cannot be counterfeited or stolen.
emerson: they are earned divine postman through patience, sacrifice and committment.
divine postman: there are no shortcuts in life. these ends of labor emerson cannot be answered but by real exertions of both body and mind, and in obedience to pure motives. we only begin to learn when we penetrate beyond our limits.
emerson: it is there, where we find our trueselves, divine postman. where no outside influence has tainted the purity of our soul. all that lives is the wonder of the imagination.
divine postman: the cheat, the gambler, the defaulter, cannot extort the knowledge of material and moral nature, which his honest care and pains yield to the operative.
emerson: the law of nature is, do the thing, and you shall have the power: but they who do not the thing have not the power.
divine postman: the home is not owned by the misstress, who goes off to work every morning but by the housekeeper who labors in it.
emerson: just as the garden is not owned by the man who bought the property; but it is earned by the labor and honest motive of the gardener who, like a reed, bows down to the earth.
divine postman: and so, as he tills the soil, he tills his soul. and thus, he finds knowledge and wisdom in the ground that he walks on.
emerson: human labor, through all its forms, from the painting of a house, to the founding of a kingdom, or the writing of an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
divine postman: every deed is rewarded emerson. the absolute balance of give and take, the doctrine that everything has its price.
emerson: and if that price is not paid, not that thing but something else is obtained. there is exact proportion in the prize and the sacrifice.
divine postman: it is impossible to get anything without its price. patience will yield the best prize.
emerson: in the laws of light and darkness, in all the action and reaction of nature, a perfect compensation balances the nature of things.
divine postman: i cannot doubt that the divine laws, which each man sees implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his pen.
divine postman: which are measured out by his will and desire, which stand in the footing of a state bill, as in the history of a nation.
emerson: do recommend to him his craft, and though seldom named exhalt his art to his imagination.
divine postman: when a man refuses to pay the price for something; that one thing, is swiftly removed from his grasp by the eagle.
emerson: the league between virtue and nature engages all things to assume a hostile front to vice.
divine postman: the beautiful laws and substances of the world persecute and whip the coward.
emerson: he finds that things are arranged for truth and benefit, but there is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue.
divine postman: abuse your wife and son, and the earth is made of glass.
emerson: use a person for your private gain, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground.
divine postman: such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.
emerson: you cannot recall the spoken word, you cannot wipe out the foot track, you cannot draw up the foot-ladder, so as to leave no inlet or clew.
divine postman: some damning circumstance always transpires. the fruit is in the seed. means and ends, cause and effect, seed and fruit cannot be severed.
emerson: the laws and substances of nature- water, light, wind, become penalties to the coward. for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means.
divine postman: just because he can abuse his wife and son in his homestead it does not mean that nature does not see.
emerson: the moment he steps out from his house he will meet the sun.
divine postman: on the other hand, the law holds with equal sureness for all right action.
emerson: love, and you shall be loved. all love obeys exact natural laws.
divine postman: the good man has absolute good in him emerson. which like fire, turns everything into its own nature.
emerson: the man who has pure light in him divine postman suffers no harm. instead, whoever, conspires to hurt him will pay doubly for his crime.
divine postman: as the royal armies sent against cyrus, when he approached, cast down their colors and from enemies became friends.
emerson: so disasters of all kinds, as sickness, offense, poverty, disability, prove benefactors.
divine postman: every man’s weakness will help him find his strength. winds blow and waters roll strength to the brave, and power and deity. yet in themselves are nothing.
emerson: fear has no room in the brave.
divine postman: the good are befriended even by weakness and defect.
emerson: as no man divine postman, had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him.
divine postman: so no man emerson, had ever a defect that was somewhere not made useful to him.
emerson: there is an air of infinite good floating above aurora.
divine postman: oh! the joy there is when a man has faith in his natural genius friend.
emerson: let us not stand on tiptoe divine postman, forsaking the riches before us. the stag in the fable admired his horns and blamed his feet.
divine postman: but when the hunter came, his feet saved him.
emerson: and afterwards when caught in the thicket, his horns destroyed him!
divine postman: every man in his lifetime needs to thank his flaws. and know that it is through his flaws that he becomes beautiful.
emerson: that lovely scar will metamorphoses into a bright star. as no man divine postman, thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.
divine postman: so no man has a thorough acquaintance emerson with the hindrances or talents of men, until he has suffered from the one, and seen the truimph of the other over his own want of the same.
emerson: we are most strong when we are most weak.
divine postman: has she a defect of impatience that witholds her from reaching her goals? thereby she is driven to a wholefoods plant-based diet allowing her to find peace within. and so she acquires habits of self-help spending time in solitude.
emerson: she reads many books, spends time on the bike and learns to be wise.
divine postman: and thus, like the wounded oyster emerson, she mends her shell with pearl.
emerson: our strength grows out of our weakness friend.
divine postman: the indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed.
emerson: we can only learn how to get up when we fall. a great man is always willing to be little.
divine postman: because he knows there is a greater lesson to learn when he looks from the ground to the heavens.
emerson: whilst the company executive sits on his cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. he does not know that the persian kingdom collapsed because of all its comforts.
idolatry will destroy heroes. all the booty that darius collected from their victories began to weaken his men. they began trusting in the mass of his army and not in the wisdom of warfare.
divine postman: leonidas on the other hand, well aware that luxury and sloth give birth to many evils, inspired alexander to deny all comforts and focus solely on achieving marvellous deeds.
emerson: and thus persia fell to his hands. while darius was bathing in his gold, alexander was learning to mount and dismount on his vicious horse. and practicing archery when his army marched.
divine postman: when one is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something invaluable. the experience will teach him to always be a child; knowing that he does not know.
and through the sufferings he endures, he will grow to be a man. and no powers on earth can take those experiences away from him.
emerson: it is his true wealth and justifies that he has lived well.
divine postman: he has been put on his wits, on his manhood.
emerson: he has gained facts; learns his ignorance. is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.
divine postman: and so it is emerson that he has won his soul. he has mastered fear.
emerson: the wise man divine postman, throws himself on the side of his assailants. it is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weakpoint.
divine postman: the wound cicatrizes and falls off from him like a dead skin and when they would truimph, lo! he has passed on invulnerable.
emerson: all a man ever needed divine postman is knowledge, wisdom and discipline.
divine postman: the base men in every age will choose material matters. and they have absolutely no value.
emerson: fools despise knowledge, wisdom, and discipline. blame is safer than praise.
divine postman: i hate to be defended by people emerson. as long as all that is said is against me, i feel a certain assurance of success.
emerson: when you succeed divine postman prepare to be crucified. success will test a man’s ability to withstand criticism.
divine poatman: but as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me, i feel as one that lies unprotected before his enemies.
emerson: a man must not be popular in the eyes of everyone. in general, every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.
divine postman: as the sandwhich islander believes that the strength of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist. follow your calling.
emerson: the same guards which protect us from disaster, defect, and enmity, defend us, if we will, from selfishness and fraud.
divine postman: bolts and bars are not the best of our institutions.
emerson: nor is shrewdness in trade a mark of wisdom.
divine postman: the security measures in our homes, merely serve as a sign to reflect our insecurities.
emerson: it is a reflection of where a man’s treasure lies.
divine postman: and thus he will forfeit the riches of the spirit.
emerson: men suffer all their life long under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated!
divine postman: but it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time.
emerson: every man is responsible for responding to all that befalls him.
divine postman: there is a third silent party to all our bargains.
emerson: the nature and soul of things takes on itself the guarnty of the fulfillment of every promise.
divine postman: so that pure and honest service cannot come to loss.
emerson: the obedience to divine motives, which do not yield any apparent reward in the short-term will multiply in the harvest that they yield in the long-term.
divine postman: every effort shall be honored. the longer the prize is withholden, the better for you.
emerson: nature is not only in the art of giving a man his prize but teaching him, how to sustain it in the long-term. so that he does not lose it.
divine postman: iAM learning emerson that any man can be a millionaire. but not every man will have the skill to sustain his millions.
emerson: that is why, divine postman, people who win the lottery end up being in a worse off state after spending their money; than they were before they hit the so-called jackpot. it takes wisdom to sustain the dollar.
divine postman: they would not understand, that wealth can only be attained through one’s obedience to pure motives. and which will lead him to knowledge and virtue.
emerson: this he can only see when he has dedicated himself to a cause greater than him.
or to the surrender to a person other than oneself. success in the long-term will follow you.
emerson: the history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand, to kick a rock without getting bruised.
divine postman: it makes no difference emerson, whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob.
emerson: no man will ever break water divine postman.
divine postman: a mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason and traversing its work.
emerson: the mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
divine postman: let a man trust in meaningful solitude and not in the opinion of a crowd.
emerson: indeed divine postman because when people are gathered in a mob they degenerate into cowards.
divine postman: and their fit hour of activity is night. because each man gave up on their own principles, their actions are insane like their whole constitution.
emerson: when we give up on our natural genius we resort to desperate actions, for we are ruled by fear.
divine postman: we persecute the truth, by denying a principle; whipping a right; tarring and rejecting justice.
emerson: in essence it is man shaking his fists at the laws of nature by inflicting fire and outrage on those who embody wisdom.
divine postman: persecution emerson resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars.
emerson: the inviolate spirit divine postman turns their spite against the wrongdoers.
divine postman: the martyr cannot be dishonored friend. every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison, a more illustrious abode.
emerson: every burned book and rejected manuscript enlightens the earth. every suppressed and expunged word reverberates throughout the earth from side to side.
divine postman: the poet emerson who is told ‘no’, again and again will be served by time in the future he has believed in. harvest will come; let us be patient as we labor towards it.
divine postman: hours of sanity and consideration are always arriving to communities, as to individuals, when the truth is seen and the martyrs are justified.
emerson: love will honor those who remain faithful. to act in love is to hold heaven and earth in the palm of your hand. despite all indignities one has suffered the waters of the sea will wash him clean.
divine postman: and thus he will put on his crown.
emerson: he will rule the kingdom he has found, from the rising to the setting of the sun.
divine postman: thus do all things preach the indifferency of circumstances.
emerson: the man is all, divine postman; everything has two sides, a good and an evil.
divine postman: every advantage has its tax friend. i learn to be content and harmonize my desires with nature’s grace. compelling nature to serve me.
emerson: nature beholds the wonder of man. but the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency.
divine postman: the thoughtless say, on hearing these representations: what boots it to do well?
emerson: there is one event to good and evil; if i gain any good divine postman, i must pay for it. and the price is not the currency of the dollar but that of energy.
divine postman: and if i lose any good friend, i gain some other. all actions are indifferent. one thing is constantly being exchanged for another.
emerson: but there is a deeper fact in the soul than compensation, to wit its own nature.
divine postman: the soul is not a compensation emerson, but a life. the soul is.
emerson: under all this running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb and flow with perfect balance.
divine postman: lies the aboriginal abyss of being. the roots of man can and will be found.
emerson: essence, or love, is not a relation or a part, but the whole. but power is taken out of love when we seek to detach ourselves from the whole.
divine postman: it is only when we are one with nature that we see and manifest glory.
being is the vast affirmative, excluding negation, self-balanced, and swallowing up all relations, parts and times within itself.
emerson: the world is one wonderful star. and all men are children of the sun. nature, truth, virtue, are the influx from thence.
divine postman: as water, light, and air can never be separated; so it is that the whole of man can never be disparted.
nothing, falsehood, may indeed stand as the great night or shade on which as a background the living universe paints itself forth, but no fact is begotten by it.
divine postman: it cannot work emerson; for it is not. it cannot work any good; it cannot work any harm.
emerson: it is harm divine postman, inasmuch as it is worse not to be than to be. the soil will be prepared before the seed is planted.
divine postman: we feel defrauded of the retribution due to evil acts.
emerson: because the criminal adheres to his vice divine postman and his contumacy. and does not come to a crisis or judgement anywhere.
divine postman: nature is silent in her judgement friend, she performs all her acts of justice in secret.
emerson: man desires to see a stunning confutation of his nonsense. before men and angels.
divine postman: nature kills a man within emerson. the law of retribution cannot be outwitted.
emerson: it is true what you say friend because inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie with him, he so far decreases from nature.
divine postman: in some manner there will be a demonstration of the wrong to the understanding also. he will be crushed like pottery and all his lies will trip him to the ground.
emerson: and this deadly deduction divine postman makes square the eternal account. we cannot hide in our homes.
divine postman: neither can it be said, on the other hand, that the gain of rectitude must be bought by any loss.
emerson: there is no penalty to virtue; no penalty to wisdom; they are proper additions of being.
divine postman: inseperable from man as light is from water and air. in a virtuous action i properly am.
emerson: in a virtuous act i add to humanity. i plant into deserts conquered from chaos and nothing and thus see the darkness receding on the limits of the horizon.
divine postman: all the good that a man does lightens up the world. there can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.
emerson: they are that which mould the soul and preserving it in its divine nature.
divine postman: the soul emerson refuses limits, and always affirms an optimism, never a pessimism.
emerson: it is all light and does not know darkness but meets it through a man’s folly.
divine postman: and hence it is that wisdom, love, beauty, knowledge, and discipline sustain its purity. it is the roots that will bind a tree to the ground.
emerson: our life divine postman is a progress not a station.
divine postman: that is why, it is not good to settle for too long in one place. the soul rejoices in purposeful movement. our instinct is trust.
emerson: the traveler finds the best knowledge and receives excellent gifts. our instinct uses more and less in application to man. let our souls not carry baggage; that we may explore freely.
divine postman: of the presence of the soul, and not of its absence, the brave man is greater than the coward.
emerson: the brave will learn their ignorance. the wise, is more a man and not less, than the fool and knave.
divine postman: there is no tax on the good of virtue, for that is the incoming of love in her divine glory.
emerson: the wise will always be one with the sun, beholding the light in absolute existence without any comparative.
divine postman: material good however friend, has its tax, and if it came without abandoning or suffering, has no root in me.
emerson: and the next wind will blow it away divine postman. material matters are fleeting.
divine postman: every building will one day fall to the ground and a tree will grow beside it. nature will uphold her victory.
emerson: all the good of nature is the soul’s, and may be had if paid for in nature’s lawful coin.
divine postman: nature will never fail to fulfill a man’s needs. a man will either choose the beauty of nature or the burden of the dollar.
emerson: what nature gives a man is labor that the heart and head allow, so that he may find pleasure in the work of his hands.
divine postman: how dangerous it is to run after paper money and not wisdom. i no longer wish to find a good i did not earn.
emerson: for example divine postman, to find a pot of buried gold, knowing full well that it brings with it new burdens. people’s problems will not disappear because they make more money.
divine postman: the conditions of nature are entrenched in their soul. i do not wish more external goods, neither possessions, nor honors, nor powers, nor persons. iAM content with the presence of my soul.
emerson: the gain is apparent divine postman with external accomplishments; and the tax certain.
divine postman: proving friend, that nature holds dominion over all things. but there is no tax on the knowledge that the compensation exists, and that it is not desirable to dig up treasure.
emerson: rather be free with eternal leisure to create works of art for the future times. herein, i rejoice with a serene eternal peace.
divine postman: when we abandon the busyness of society and live for our own truth, we leave a legacy. and contract the boundaries of possible mischief.
emerson: nothing can work me damage divine postman except myself; the harm that i sustain i carry about with me. and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
divine postman: i will explore my mind and body in patience friend, as i walk the hills and cross the rivers, and watch the bleating sheep.
emerson: beauty is enough to heal a man of all his sorrows.
divine postman: in all our success emerson and moment of glory, let us always bear in mind our poverty.
emerson: and understand that it is our roots that propel us to the heavens. depth over distance all the time my friend.
divine postman: oh! what a great thing is man. how noble in reason, how like a god!
emerson: in the nature of the soul is the compensation for the inequalities of condition.
divine postman: the radical tragedy of nature emerson appears to be the distinction of more and less.
emerson: how can less not feel the pain divine postman? how not feel indignation or malevolence towards those given more?
divine postman: how apalling it is friend, to see a man with no food and no clothing rumaging through the bins on the street.
and yet to witness the civil servant in his suits and boots entertaining themselves in self-indulgence. with plenty food and drink.
emerson: oh! what a sword nature has caused among men. look at those who have less faculty and one feels sad and knows not well what to make of it.
divine postman: is this the way that gods and angels ordained for things to be, one man losing and another gloating in victory?
emerson: the meaning of life divine postman cannot be found in sweeping statements or bible verses. see how the christian, and the muslim, along with the jew shun the sight of the beggar.
divine postman: they fear that questioning such heart-wrenching poverty will ultimately destroy their perspective of their god. whom they assume to be all good and thus does not hurt men.
emerson: but why does poverty live friend? it can only seem to be a great injustice divine postman. but see the facts nearly and these mountaineous inequalities vanish.
divine postman: love reduces them, as the sun melts the iceberg in the sea. the heart and soul of all men being one, this bitterness of his and mine ceases.
emerson: his is mine. iAM my brother and my brother is me. together we are bound by love which breaks every conceivable inequality. the beggar on the street is a mirror of me.
divine postman: if i feel overshadowed and outdone by great neighbors, i can always love.
emerson: thereby friend you make the discovery that your brother is your guardian, acting for you with the friendliest design. the rich along with the poor belong in my heart.
divine postman: and the estate i so admired and envied is my own; and the bare earth that the street dweller lays in is my own. it is the nature of the soul to appropriate all things. we must learn how to share.
emerson: thus connecting riches with poverty. one can never exist without the other. zoroaster, socrates and van gogh are fragments of the soul, and by love i conquer and incorporate them in my own domain.
divine postman: their virtue, is not that mine? and their wit, if it cannot be made mine, then it is not wit.
emerson: our hope is to believe in love divine postman, certain that the calamity we have suffered will give us greater joy.
divine postman: and thus the law of compensation charms us with her fancy.
emerson: but one can only witness and understand the power of compensation through obedience to pure motives. by listening to the heart-beat of the earth.
divine postman: such also is the natural history of calamity. the changes which break up at short intervals the prosperity of men are reflections of a nature whose law is growth.
emerson: the rough electric currents we endure are intended to throw us deeper in the arms of love.
divine postman: every soul friend, is by this intrinsic necessity quiting its whole system of things, its friends, and home and laws and faith.
emerson: as the shell fish divine postman crawls out of its beautiful but stony case, because it no longer admits of its growth. and slowly forms a new house.
divine postman: so a man must cast off, all that he knows, and step into the unkown that he may witness the depths of love.
emerson: it will sustain him to his old age and grey hairs. in proportion to the vigor of the individual these revolutions are frequent.
divine postman: until in some happier mind they are incessant and all worldly relations hang very loosely about him. it is only through embracing change and not fighting it that we begin to grow. the sorrowful times will teach us most about who we are.
emerson: becoming as it were a transparent fluid membrane through which the living form is seen.
divine postman: and not as in most men, an indurated heterogeneous fabric of many dates and of no settled character.
emerson: in which the man is imprisoned. we stumble upon greatness when tragedy befalls us.
divine postman: a new world opens before us emerson, and we found a new kingdom. let us learn to be greatful, as we recover from the wounds of the battlefield, embracing the new riches before us.
emerson: then there can be enlargement divine postman, and the man of today scarcely recognizes the man of yesterday.
divine postman: and such friend should be the outward biography of man in time, a putting off of dead circumstances day by day.
emerson: as he renews his raiment day by day. and produces a sweet scent to the earth. nourishing the soul of those who thirst, with his divine beauty.
divine postman: his life no longer belongs to him but is a gift unto all men.
emerson: but to us, in our lapsed estate, resting, not advancing, resisting, not co-operating with the supremacy of nature that trumpets divine expansion; this growth comes by shocks.
divine postman: it is all to preserve the infinite beauty within.
emerson: thus protecting us divine postman from perverting all the good.
divine postman: human beings have the power to achieve great things emerson.
emerson: if only they can believe divine postman in their instincts, and trust that bold thought flashing before their eye.
divine postman: we cannot part with our friends; we cannot let our angels go.
emerson: we do not see that they only go out for archangels to come in.
divine postman: there is always greatness that awaits the wise. love consumes he who is in most need of it.
emerson: let us never forget that there is purpose in what we do. accept the place the divine providence has found for you.
divine postman: we are idolaters of the old friend. we do not believe in the riches of the soul.
emerson: in its proper eternity and omnipresence the soul is infinitely rich; yet men reject this wealth divine postman; and choose to settle for stale bread. they think not of baking their own.
divine postman: we do not believe ralph that there is any force in today to rival or recreate that beautiful yesterday.
emerson: we linger in the ruins divine postman of the old bicycle, where we once had success, and discovered many seas and lands.
divine postman: nor do we believe that the spirit has the power to manifest a new bicycle to build the truly great kingdom. one with golden rivers, never dieing trees and greater seas. putting the rome of caesar to shame.
emerson: no winds, no waters, no fires will uproot love. we can always find again the dear, the sweet, and the graceful.
the boldness of caesar is the boldness in me, the wisdom of socrates is the wisdom in me, and the endurance of michelangelo is my endurance.
divine postman: let us not weep in vain friend, but be assured that nature builds from the ground. when we invest in time but do not see the results nature is entrenching the roots.
emerson: the voice of athena saith, “up and onward for evermore!” we cannot stay amid the ruins divine postman, always fixing what is broken.
divine postman: neither do we believe in the new; and so we walk ever with reverted eyes, like those monsters who look backwards.
emerson: and so like a drunkard tripping over a rock, we are tripped by the riches before us because we are drunk with doubt.
divine postman: and yet the compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time.
emerson: as the clouds above clear with time, so it is that the heart and the mind will eventually come to understand.
divine postman: a fever, a mutilation, a cruel disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends, seems at the moment unpaid loss and unpayable.
emerson: but the sure years divine postman, like an ever flowing stream, will reveal the deep remedial force, that underlies all facts.
divine postman: the death of a dear friend, wife, mother, lover.
emerson: which seemed nothing, but privation, somewhat later assumes the aspect of a guide and a genius divine postman.
divine postman: and thus leading us to our true destiny. where songs and dance are chanted to apollo, as he feels joy in his heart.
emerson: and the mind of athena friend, is read as a book of poetry. with the might of zeus upholding every art.
divine postman: our guide will commonly work revolutions in our way of life. terminating an epoch of infancy, or of youth which was waiting to be closed.
emerson: it will break up a wonted occupation divine postman, or household, or style of living, and allows the formation of new ones more friendly to the growth of character.
divine postman: where humility, love, peace, and joy reside, in the perfect silence.
emerson: it permits or constrains the formation of new acquaintances and the reception of new influences.
divine postman: that prove of the first importance to the awaiting years. his calling whispers to him in the shining moon.
emerson: and the man or woman, who would have remained a sunny garden-flower, with no room for its roots.
divine postman: and too much sunshine for its head.
emerson: by the falling of the walls and the neglecting of the gardener is made the banian of the forest.
divine postman: yielding shade and fruit to wide neighbors of men and women throughout the earth.
emerson: and so the tears divine postman, that today fall on his cheeks, are those filled with joy and wonder.
divine postman: he has come to know emerson that through all his misfortune he was the favored one.
emerson: and love smiles at how man can never understand her mystery.
divine postman: we learn that to live is to love and to lose. to rise and to fall.
emerson: and to tell a story of our journey. we are only here for a short time divine postman.
divine postman: we need only obey the commands of time.