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Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett

The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh

Vanity Fair

William Thackery


by George H. Knox


Napoleon is another example of a magnetic personality. Wellington said of him that his presence on the field of battle was equal to that of 40,000 soldiers. Then there are the martyrs and reformers, the great business men of our own day, and the men and women of the ages, whose souls have been attuned to the divine key. This power has manifested itself in all ages of the world. It has upheld the hands of every man who has striven to better his kind. Among the Hebrews, when a majority of them were only barbarians, there were those who walked with God. The Greeks who worshipped idols had Demosthenes, who swayed the multitudes, Plato, who put his genius into philosophy, Aristotle, into science, Pericles, into architecture, Phidias, into art. These men, with others, stood up like mountain peaks among millions who were on the level. Yes, and there were in Greece hundreds of men, perhaps thousands, who felt the thrill of a power they did not understand. It isn't likely that any man of ancient or modern times has drunk deeper of the eternal spring than has Paul. Tolstoi is another tvho has been born again, and his influence today outweighs the armies of the czar.

We see this power every day in the faces of men and women, in the painting of the artist, in the song of the poet, in all the great achievements of man. It is a magnetic power in mankind, and many is not wholly confined to those whose mission is holy. That those whose motives are anything but good have developed personalities that are most attractive and hypnotic is true, because among those whose business it is to destroy, this art is studied with care; but their influence can be only local. The true charm of the magnetic personality eventually leaves those whose purpose is evil. When a man knows he is doing wrong, no matter how strong a personality he may have developed, or how richly he may have been endowed by nature, his face tells the story of his inner life to the world.

What is this power? Perhaps no one knows; but as we use electricity without knowing what it is, so does this peculiar something exert an influence greater than that of electricity, although as yet it may not be correctly defined. We are not able to say what force is. We cannot take hold of thought and say what it is. What is love? We do not know. It is an emotion; so is hate. About many things we must still reason in a circle. Our scientists are beginning to believe that the whole atmosphere is filled with energy, that there is an ocean of energy enveloping the world, and as one uses this force or energy does it come to him in an ever-increasing supply. Others believe that this power is electricity, "that the earth and sun together form a large dynamo, the sun being the field magnet and the earth the revolving armature;" and that the earth, as well as all life, is charged with electricity. This doubtless is true, but this phenomenon alone could not account for personality.

The question is not what is personality, but how secure it. How to become magnetic and attractive, how to develop capacity for work and leadership, is a problem that can be solved by every man who is looking upward. Personality is a business asset; it is the power that moves men to action, determines the harmony of the home, and regulates national events. Trace out the secret of money attraction in men and you will find that it is personality. It is that something in men that spells success. Without personality, education is nearly valueless; even the value of experience can avail but little. The successful professional man must impress others that they should come to him for his peculiar brand of knowledge. The personality of the doctor makes him friends and money, and cures his patients. The personality of the lawyer wins him renown. The personality of the business man enables him to deal successfully with his fellow men. The development of the personality is a necessary part of every man's education, unconscious with most of us and sadly neglected by all, yet most important. This need of development is universal. It is as bad to neglect a strong quality of personality as not to develop a weak one. The positive trait unnourished becomes negative, and the negative defeats every ambition. Power comes not from what we know, but from what we can express, and nine-tenths of expression is through personality.

To others we are a mere personality. We are to them big or little, positive or negative, a success or a failure, just as we appeal through our personality. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. A man is no stronger than his weakest point of personality. Would you be a leader in your community? Would you become master of the power of attracting? Would you increase your usefulness? Would you fill your place in the world's work? Would you achieve real success? Develop your personality, and, like the great personalities of the earth, your light. will shine like a fixed star. This privilege and this indefinable power is part of life. It comes from the Creator of man and is not limited to any church or race or age, and as this divine nature is developed man is placed on a plane with the giant minds of the world, and touches finger tips with the great of every clime. We are all "gods in the chrysalis." As man gets away from the animal nature and fans into flame the divine spark does he acquire this characteristic of leadership. This opportunity for growth is free to all alike. Every man can be a king by divine right and free himself from the evils that bind him down. The great majority still linger in the valley. There are few who reach the heights, but still the mountain sides are covered with progressives and there are millions more who could scale the heights by leaps and bounds if they could but guess the power of their own minds and the latent possibilities that are ready to be called into action.

Man is a creature of evolution. There are .many stages of evolution among the peoples of the earth. There is a tremendous gap between the average Igorrotte and the average American. There is very little gray matter in the brain of a South Sea Islander, but physically there is not much difference between him and civilized man. Dress the members of the United States Senate in the garb of Igorrottes and let them spend a few months browsing in the bamboo thickets of Luzon, and from a physical standpoint the gap is closed. Man is no more perfect physically than he was five thousand years ago. It is in the mental realm that he has excelled his ancestors.

The aim of every man should be to get out of life all that there is in life; to develop latent possibilities; bring to life dead talent; discover new forces; learn how to deal with men; develop the great art of persuasion; grow a character; build a soul—in fact, to become a leader in the world's work, a man of affairs, a man who delights in raising the standard of men and who carries the flag of civilization forward. Men do not acquire such a place by trying to get all they can out of the world, but by trying to put all they can into it.

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