Education, then, is not complete when school days are past. The lessons are not ended, and the youth is not free. As a matter of fact, the greatest book in the world is about to be opened to him—the book of life. The severest lesson is just before him; how to live divinely. Be he rich and idle, or poor and industrious the responsibility of life is before him. And that responsibility is so simple, yet so great, that did he but think of it he would tremble ; and his trembling would come from fear or from joy according as he looks upon himself.
His responsibility is this : Being a child of the divine creative energy, he is, therefore, divine, and life must be divinely lived. To dis cover the full import of his divinity, to give him power to work on the higher plane of life is the one purpose of education. Gradually the de sires of the man will become as lofty as his nature—and his nature is divine. Hence the mind must be trained to such a degree of power that when he is "led out" it will be able to deal with environment without and desires within, and produce good things.
The body of the man must be the obedient servant of its owner. It must act in perfect harmony with the mental demands made upon it, so that the things it creates with the hands, the words it speaks with tongue and lips, shall be perfect after their kind.
How shall a man get this education? No one can say definitely, for every man is a unit of divine energy, different from every other unit. What each must do to lead out the fullness of his power, he must discover for himself ; for some conditions are true for all of us.
And they are these : Everything a man is called upon to do, he can do perfectly ; not perhaps, the first time, but ultimately. What he must reach out for,
is that ultimate perfect action.
Every task a man is called upon to perform is not in itself a final act, but an initial act.
Every task is suggestive of something higher than itself. Digging in the soil of the earth was not farm labor to William Smith, it was Nature's wide-open book of geology.
Every task and object contributed to the world by a worker is a real thing, something that other people will look at, and by it be more or less influenced. As every object or task that a man contributes to his environment spells the man, he should take care that it spells him correctly. The task and the thing are photographs of his mental vision. The more Care he takes with the negative, the better pic ture of his intentions can he present to his en vironment and to his times.
The records of the past and the amazing activities of the present offer a man numberless roads to follow. Whichever highway he elects to travel fixes his direction. He can travel the road bravely and helpfully; bravely, in that he has faith it leads him whither he must go; help fully, in that he leaves evidences of the work of his mind and hands as he goes, it shall in spire love of work in those who come after, and faith in the direction of the road.
Of the countless things a man can learn, none should tempt him save those which give him the greatest strength for traveling his road, and the keenest power of vision for outlook as he ascends its risings.
If education teaches a man this point of view, and shows him that he travels his chosen road to find the source of that divine mind of which his own mind is a part, he has grasped its fullest significance.