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deteriorates. Health is therefore one of the conditions of progress.
"It is all very fine," I shall be told, "to talk of purity and
chastity; but we must take men as they are. How are you going to make
men pure and chaste, and respectful of the purity of women? How can
you get men with strong amative propensities to live like anchorites?"
How can you get men to do anything right, or refrain from any wrong
thing? There are three motives--fear of punishment, hope of reward,
and sense of right or the principle of duty. The first of these is the
lowest, but often the most effectual; the second is higher, and
appeals to hope and the love of happiness; the third, the highest of
all motives, pure and unselfish as the love of truth, as in
mathematics, acts on noble minds with great power. Men of real
conscientiousness love the right for its own sake. They are just from
love of justice; pure from a sense and love of purity. They love good,
and God as the source of all good; and do right, not from fear or
hope, but from pure love.
We must appeal to all motives. Men refrain from theft and other
dishonest conduct from the dread of disgrace and punishment, because
they see that "honesty is the best policy," and from a sense of
justice and regard to the rights of property, or a sense of honor
which makes a mean action impossible. By similar motives great numbers
are restrained from drunkenness and other vices. Children are to be
restrained from impurity by the fear of the terrible consequences of
unnatural indulgence in causing disease and pain, by the hope of a
pure, healthy and happy life of love in manhood and womanhood, and by
a sense of the beauty and holiness of chastity and the sacredness of
the functions by which the race is recreated and preserved. The
religious feelings that our bodies are to be kept pure, healthy, and
holy in every way as the temples of the Holy Ghost cannot be too early
instilled into the infant mind, which is open to the highest
sentiments of veneration, devotion, and heroic religion. In youth
there are the same motives. Indulgence in solitary vice is
self-destructive of all that youth most values--a profanation of his
is a desecration of what he should hold in the most tender reverence.
To the young man, womanhood should be sacred, and every woman, mother,
sister, beloved of the present or the future, should never be wronged
by one thought of impurity. In this matter instinct goes with right.
The inward voice supports the outer law of morality. Before men can
become bad, their instinctive modesty must be broken down. Unless very
badly born, with disordered amativeness, hereditary from a diseased
and lustful parentage, they must be perverted and corrupted before
they can act immodestly and impurely.
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