This is the image of the full or partial text of an article entitled "Entertaining Lecture", printed in the Rockford Gazette of 1885-01-09. This article is in the public domain, because it was published in the United States before 1923.
Prof. H. W. Hazzon, of tho chair of of Literature, Hiatory, aud Oivil Government of Mt. 0»u*roll Seminary, lectured ltiHt evening, for a second time under the auspices of the Unity club, in Christian Uuion parlors. Tho rooma wore oomfort-ably well illlecl, and tho lootuuor took for his subject “I like that every ohair Bhould be a throne and hold a king,” Why not? said the lecturer, tho laws of uaturo and their operatioua, the rules aud regulations of sooiety, the standard, of character, manhood and citizenship, or right living and right thinking, tho claims of the ago, the domands of tho hour, are lio rospooters of persons,
Whatever is done for man in the aggregate is done upon the principle of absolute equality, aud with the expectation of individual capability, as if tho oapaoity to obey, to do, aud to beoomo, were aliko aud equal,
Religion and politics ore the two deepest things in man; indeed all a man is worth, involving duty to GoJ, to his j neighbors aud himself, center in these, j Tho Bolutipn of the problom of the rao<, as regards both, is tho sovereignty of the J individual. All institutions* or$ttnizfi* j tions, dogmas, formulas, oreeds, platforms, stalemonts speolal and spoeitlo, j oan worthily claim our adhereuoo and support only when employed to this ond, i otherwise thoy are hindrances to pro-gresB, aud the sooner done away with tho better.
This is the real Isbuo in the groat struggle of humanity. What is meant by sovereignty of tli04udividual is solf-reli-fiuoc, Belf-restraint, self-oontrol, and self* direction. Independent liitellectuftlity, that condition or stage of development in which tho united moral and intellectual promptings of one’s mind beoomos a complete aud perfect law unto himself, his mainspring in aotion, his guide in oouduot. It means Belf-kuowlodge, self-discovery, that solf-cousoiousness which engenders faith, humility and power. Kingliness is character, and ohai-aoter,, as defined by the best authority, is "centrality the impossibility of being displaced or overset.” "Character," says Emerson, "is tho moral order of the universe seou^through tho medium of an individual nature,,v Tbe individual should bo entirely aboveboard —more than oan bo formulated, bettor thau any possible organisation he labors to make effeotivo. His relation to tho infinite should fall upon <him direot, uninterrupted by any person or thing, however transcendant. He Bhould study great [ names, not as ageuoies to aot for him, but as helps to enable him to aot for him ! self. A man while living iu obedience to tho lawB should conform to a higher code ot morals than the statuto of his state; svhil.e keeping faithfully, as is his duty, all the ordinances of his ohuroh, ho eliould exercise a larger faith aud reoog-nize a broader sentiment thau is possible to bo oontaiuod iu any particular creed. The society, tho sohool, the ohureh—uay, the prison house and jail, are indispensable moauB, iu every age, to carry on the work of individual culture, its development and completion, as defined by the great teacher, who said, “first the blade, thon tho oar, after that tho full corn in tho oar.”
This is tho problem of life solved ; the Ohristiau system of salvation rightly interpreted; tho philosophy of Plato; the theology of; Swedenborg; the sublime oostaoy of George Pox; the teaching of Oarlyle; tho transcendentalism of Emer-son; the thoughts of Wordsworth, Mrs, Browning aud Tennyson.
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This is the ocr text of an article from the Friday, January 9, 1885 issue of the Rockford...