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Arthur E. Stilwell, Railroad Visionary, Author, and Prophet

Live And Grow Young
Arthur Edward Stilwell


Chapter Fourteen

"Love is the outgoing or yearning of the soul for that which is excellent."  Love is a power and the most constructive force in all the world.  Love much and you will be brought into harmonious relations will all with whom you come in contact as well as your surroundings and environment.

"To Live and Grow Young" it is necessary to understand the psychological effect of love and hate, for they are the two most important attributes of the conscious mind and have tremendous effect on human life.  Love lengthens life.  Hate shortens it.  Hate effects every organ of the body and the circulation of the blood.  To take offence, to remember slights, either real or imaginary, is to be weak and miserable.  To forgive, unless we forget, is only a shadow.  It leaves a slumbering fire which only forgetfulness of the slights can extinguish.

The suffering that you would like to cause the person you hate, you bring upon yourself, while he is not affected at all.  Your hate does not interfere with his digestion or health and does not produce insomnia.  The Japanese plan is far better.  If they suffer any wrong, in place of ruining their life by hating, they commit hari-kari --in other words, suicide.  In the light of the above facts, how clear is the psychological truth in the statement of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy, but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you."  To one who has been wronged and hates the person who has wronged him, this sounds Utopian.  He imagines revenge can be gained by hate, while nursing revenge only keeps our own wounds green; therefore, Christ's statement is not Utopian.  It is good, sound, life-producing common sense.

The consequences of nourishing hate is harmful and often disastrous.  It produces discordant vibrations which others feel, repelling those whom you might otherwise attract.  The love thought is a great atmosphere builder.  It builds an atmosphere that attracts.  It is possible by love to change an enemy into a life-long friend as, perhaps, when he offended you, he had been eating a mixture of lobster and ice cream, or cucumbers and milk and was not responsible.  He may have repented and desired to apologize, but could not penetrate your hate atmosphere.

Love is an open door through which even your enemies will seek entrance.  Forgetting the wrong and loving the wrong-doer, you will gain peace of mind which will be a vital factor in maintaining health and help you to Live and Grow Young.  It is love that will some day bring Universal Peace.  Christ established no church; led no army.  His sway over the hearts of men was His great love for them.  On the cross he said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Love is the hope of the world.  It is through love that man unlearns anger and hate and learns to catch the harmonious vibrations of life; learns to keep the mind filled with glad and healthy thoughts and the body clothed with youthfulness and beauty.

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