« PreviousContinue »
LECTURES ON MORAL SCIENCE.
MORAL SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY.- REASONS FOR THE SLOWER PROGRESS OF
THE FORMER.- PROGRESS MUST BE SLOW. TWO CLASSES OF SCIENCES.
- USE OF STUDYING THE SCIENCE.
AMONG the sciences which earliest drew the attention of man were those of Astronomy and Morals. Of these, one respects the sources of that light which is from without, the other of that which is within. Of the one, the objects and phenomena are not only without us, but are separated from us by inconceivable distances; of the other, the phenomena are not only within us, but belong to that part of our nature which is special to us, and whose circle lies nearest to its central point.
Connected with each are practical judgments common to all.
Both the heavens and the moral nature of man yielded him guidance before there was a thought of the science of either. The unscientific man rejoices in the light that comes from Arcturus no less than if he could analyze its beams, and is guided by the polar star no less surely than if he could measure its magnitude and distance. The day and the night, the changing moons and