56 DOMESTIC EDUCATION
labor to develop, train, and, if possible, secure
strong and vigorous bodies for the duties and
the work of life. All the tools of the mechanic,
such as the saw, the chisel, the jack-plane, the
smoothing-plane, the fore-plane, the hatchet, and
the hammer should always be kept in good con¬
dition, because, by so doing, he not only saves
time, and dispatches work; but he also produces
more finished work; so, also, ought every mem¬
ber of a child's body be kept in good condition,
in order that he may be able to do the best kind
of work in the shortest given time, whether the
work be in the physical realm or in the higher
regions of morality and religion.
The mental training is as far above the physi¬
cal as mind is above matter; therefore, if the
physical training of a child demands our daily
attention and diligence in order that a fine and
powerful physique may be developed, we ought
to give intensified attention and diligence to the
cultivation of the mental nature of a child.
The body dies. The mind lives forever. The
body is the instrument, the mind is the mechanic.
If the instruments ought to be well fitted for use,
the mechanic should be rendered better fitted to
use them. To use them aright, he needs intelli¬
gence and skill. Intelligence comes from instruc¬
tion and study, skill from practice and experience.