PHYSICAL ELEMENTS OF CREATIVE POWER - PHY SIOLOGICAL INDICATIONS.
In man the germinal cells or spermatozoa are ever present after puberty-, and in structure bear direct relation to the physical, intellectual, and moral vigor of the individual at the time of their development. A low, devitalized condition of soul or body cannot produce a perfect germ, whether found in the viti ated states of one bloated from spirituous liquors, or emaciated and exhausted with diseased conditions. Man's endowment with ever-present creative power has been often cited as a reason for constant and ex haustive drainage of these central life forces. Such inference is false and only disastrous.
The constant presence of creative power when at rest not only quickens all the life, but there is an other wise end attained,— that man, with his wide range of duties and capabilities, might also have wide range of choice, as a father, of all that was best in himself and most fitting in circumstance for the exe cution in marriage of his holiest life-work.
In woman the germ cell is perfected once in twenty eight days, and maintains life and activity from four teen to twenty-one days, the nervous and physical activity of the individual having much to do with the earlier or later loss of the ovum. For two days before the appearance of menstruation, and for twen ty-one days from the time of its beginning, the egg is likely to be present and liable to impregnation. The twenty-second, third, fourth, fifth, and twenty-sixth day there is scarcely a possibility of conception; but this slight possibility leaves no security for criminal genesic relations.
When the menses occur once in twenty-one days, the three days previous are the best days to observe as above directed. The hallowed union of marriage at such periods as these should be that of fullest affection, and accepted as a mutual pledge of true loyalty to each other and to the trust marriage has given, when in the fullest preparation of heart and life they may assume the parental office. Blessed are those parents (and thrice blessed their children) whose lives have been kept so healthful in soul and body that they have retained the power of choice of the most perfect life they could thus give. It may be urged that the rule stated places a narrow limit upon marital indulgence and its pure sensual enjoyments, but it simply indicates God's wisely established order, which is our only safe guide.
The procreative act, whether in high health or in diseased conditions, is ever one of giving off vitality, an act of depletion or exhaustion, and no sophistry can make it anything else. The five days of immu nity from the certainty of conception on the part of the wife and mother are quite sufficient to absorb all the husband's redundant virile power, and if more is used it is at the expense of strength really needed in other channels of manly development and worthy endeavor.
In the direction and use of this capability, as in all other, repetition is education. Habit, which is but another name for the process of character-building, leads one, after a time, with happiness and compara tive ease to conform to the methods of controlling the sexual relation above indicated, with truer satis• faction and a far higher range of happiness than the reckless husband or the debauchee could ever know, in his round of gross sensuality, in marriage or out of it. As the creative trust touches and includes in its domain every fibre of the living being, it can call to its maintenance the deepest spiritual and phy sical vitality, until the resources of life are exhausted, and men and women become unfit to be fathers and mothers.
How deplorable it is that such erroneous living is found within the limits of nominal Christian homes! I hear to-day not a few sad voices echoing the tones of hopeless discouragement that I have heard through so many years : "My early inheritance and training, as well as my later habits, have been unfor tunate; my life-forces have been wasted." This statement is ever a painful one, for we cannot recall the past, which is gone forever, but we can make the very best of all that remains. The defects so justly de plored are added reasons why one should cherish and seek the redemption of all that is left, in order to give all he can of his diminished store to his children. By this noble integrity of purpose he may give rich moral inheritance to them, which, added to that of a physical endowment of average excellence, is far better than greater vigor without it. The unmarried should seek preparation of heart and life, which alone can fit them for it, before entering the bonds of marriage. It will be easier than to have the struggle for a true man hood or womanhood afterwards. It has been urged that the children of good people and ministers are often more uncontrollably evil and vicious than others. If we notice carefully, this is not commonly so, but such instances are most noticeable from con trast. And the fact, as seen, has a strong lesson in it, viz., the truth that the best parents may give the worst of themselves to their children. There are times in the lives of all parents when the bestowal of life would be a grave crime, an accident to be unceasingly deplored, causing incalculable sorrow to all concerned.