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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

The Trinity of Science

The Trinity of Science.

Reason, Observation, and Experience—the Holy Trinity of Science—have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us stand erect.

A surgeon once called upon a poor cripple ana kindly offered to render him any assistance in his power. The surgeon began to discourse very learnedly upon the nature and origin of disease; of the curative properties of certain medicines; of the advantages of exercise, air and light, and of the various ways in which health and strength could be restored. These remarks were so full of sense, and discovered so much profound thought and accurate knowledge that the cripple, becoming thoroughly alarmed, cried out, "Do not, I pray you, take away my crutches. They are my only support, and with out them I should be miserable indeed." "I am no going," said the surgeon, "to take away you crutches. I am going to cure you, and then you will throw the crutches away yourself."

Felling forests is not the end of agriculture Driving pirates from the sea is not all there is of commerce.

We are laying the foundations of the grand temple of the future—not the temple of all the gods, but of all the people—wherein, with appropriate rites, will be celebrated the religion of Humanity. We are doing what little we can to hasten the coming of the day when society shall cease producing millionaires and mendicants—gorged indolence and famished in dustry—truth in rags, and superstition robed and crowned. We are looking for the time when the use ful shall be the honorable; and when Reason throned upon the world's brain, shall be the King [unclear: o] Kings, and the God of Gods.?