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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

Human Happiness

Human Happiness.

In speaking of human happiness the harmonialist says, that it is derived from a natural basis. "Our whole nature must participate, for no true happiness can be found except in the development of our whole nature; physical power, in harmony with the power of conscience, the unity of the external with the internal man, the truthfulness of the soul in perfect agreement with the words and actions of the phenomenal man. That inharmonial or purely physical pleasures are sensuous, transitory and partial;" whereas harmonial pleasures, in unison with the whole of our nature, physical and rational, are permanent to the last degree." That inharmonial pleasures produce discord in our nature. The severance of the rational from the natural prevents all permanent enjoyment, and that where our nature is thus thrown into discord, we can neither see clearly, nor enjoy fully, the general beauty social order, and harmony of all existences..