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We surround ourselves always according to our freedom...

From the September 1904 issue of The Christian Science Journal

We surround ourselves always according to our freedom and ability, with true images of ourselves in things, whether it be ships or books or cannons or churches. The standing army, the arsenal, the camp, and the gibbit do not appertain to man. They only serve as an index to show where man is now; what a bad, ungoverned temper he has; what an ugly neighbor he is; how his affections halt; how low his hope lies. He who loves the bristle of bayonets only sees in their glitter what beforehand he feels in his heart. It is avarice and hatred; it is the quivering lip, the cold, hating eye, which builds magazines and powder-houses.

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