SAINTS AND SINNERS
FROM: The Whisper--Vancourier to the Voice-June 1934
Men love and murder on the same day; curse and pray with the same tongue. Hatred is apparently a praiseworthy emotion in time of war, but the same men preach God from their pulpits and call Him Love. They are appalled at the sight of a great blustering hatred in another, but are blind to an infinitely more subtle and cruel hatred within themselves.
Love and hatred are related as heat and cold. We cannot love if we cannot hate. We cannot hate if we do not love. And hate defends our loved ones. When we learn to love, we must be sure to analyze hate and scorn. And we must not take any more love than we can in measure return, or it will turn to hate.
Human love is the coming together of a negative and a positive. It is the attraction between the north pole of one magnet and the south of another. Hate is the repelling force between two south poles, or two north poles. The strength of both depends upon the current of vitality or stored up magnetism.
One can love more sincerely with his brain than he can with his body, for the latter is not love, but merely obeying nature’s law of creation.
One may be justified in wounding by hating, if he has the balm of love to heal the wound. One can make a debt if he has the money to pay for it. He can wear an imitation diamond without deceit if he possesses a genuine one at home.
Is it unreasonable to believe that the more we can hate, the more spiritual glory we may expect? For if we are able to travel from the center of the circumference of darkness, can we not travel from the center of darkness to the circumference of light? If we have the capacity to hate and love, there is a contrast to teach us, and a will to retain wisdom, a purpose to battle and conquer, to give justice and charity; for how can we judge that which gives birth to hatred, if we have not hated?
Better still, what is hate? Who planted it? Was it indignation, a hurt that did not heal? An overwhelming force that shackled our good purpose? A jealousy of an un-deserving credit? Or merely a love akin to sin.
If our god is wealth we will have to depend upon it through dark days of loneliness, but if our God is Love, others will depend upon us for their hope and faith.
And if we believe that we have no God, and think that we are an Atheist, we will receive our crown, as did the famous Atheist who thought he had convinced the world of his principle because they applauded so enthusiastically. But one day he saw a committee coming to crown him with glory for his self-asserted opinion, and he found to his surprise, shame and chagrin that they handed him a crown of thorns because of the great thing that he had done to prove the more the truth in Christianity by what he had had to offer them.
An atheist but strengthens the symbols of Christianity or any other God-believing religion, at the sacrifice of his labors, peace of mind at the results, and an example of results by his methods of life, and the ever-evading answer to his self-imposed question. He who cannot create has no right to destroy, neither to lead when he himself knows not the way.
One good skeptic with a level head can do more good in the world than a hundred “Total believers” who have no reason for their beliefs. As the shoemaker to his last, so the perspective to an observer. At best, as human beings, we are all more or less foreflushers—all because nature saw fit to hide our thoughts in brain cells in a box made out of bone, to dispense truth y or falsehood as our conscience dictates.
After all, we come to the conclusion as master or slave, man or superman. In the end we all have pride or dignity, humility or simplicity, wealth or poverty. We are compelled to bow our heads to the inevitable.
When men realize this it tears down the walls that separate them, and all truth looks the same, when before it was clothed with a hobby or expression of the individual truth differently expressed according to the purpose of the man making the speech.
HE WHO IS ABLE to recognize his own weakness, is able to understand the power of virtue-- Just as the simpleton when able to respect a wise man, loses his title as a fool.