to flinders; an equal amount of magnetism contains active force
enough to incarnate a new being, and launch an immortal soul
upon the limitless sea of eternity ! and yet in five minutes of growl¬
ing, stewing, fretting, anger, or in a wanton's or libertine's arms,
thrice that amount of imperial life is lost—and it means, also, the
shortening of at least ten good days on earth !
XXVII. Of course excessive venery is an effective nail in any
one's coffin ; and so is excessive child-bearing, seeing that both arc
broad rivers, discharging magnetism from the human body and soul.
And this reminds me to say something in reference, not to the fetid
and unclean subject of conception-preventives, for I hold nearly all
of them as utter abominations; but on the culture of the will
directly, and the use of that will, and it alone, in determining for
and against excessive progeny ; for a couple had better have three
really fine children, than thirty half-formed and delicate ones.
Excessive connubial pleasures invariably produce dyspepsia, not
only of the body, but of the mind, intellect and soul; and when off¬
spring results from such conditions, what wonder that they are
lacking in all the grand essentials of a genuine and perfect man and
womanhood. Absolute and prolonged continence is but a less
evil, though its penalty is inflicted upon the transgressor alone.
The human will, next to love, is the most powerful attribute of
immortal mankind. In most people it is splurgy, occasional,
paroxysmal, and, as a steady power, practically of no account. I
have told some persons to '■ zvilf" and straightway they screwed
up their faces, clenched their teeth, and looked most absurdly and
amusingly awful — or ridiculous. They strained and fumed as if
trying to lift a ton. X'ow will is no such thing, to be exerted in no
such way. It is simply a quiet power, and requires no muscular or
nervous, but simply a still, mental force, to urge it into play, when
it is feeble, as in most it is; it should be cultivated by thinking
determinedly, at intervals, of one thing only at a time, to the total
exclusion of every thing, topic or subject besides. Thus one can will
— after practice—tears to the eyes, blushes to the cheeks, pallor
to the face, as thousands of ministers and other actors constantly do.
We can will to close our hands or eyes ; and just so we close or