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The law of love and love as a law; or, Christian ethics
     

The law of love and love as a law; or, Christian ethics

by Mark Hopkins
 

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CHAPTER III. DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACTIVITY DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF THE GOOD. Since, as we have seen, the kind of activity determines the quality of the good, we next need to

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CHAPTER III. DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACTIVITY DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF THE GOOD. Since, as we have seen, the kind of activity determines the quality of the good, we next need to know what the different kinds of activity are. Of these there is a general division as the activity originates from without or from within, from the susceptibilities or the powers, powers. These words, susceptibilities and powers, point to a distinction that runs through our whole frame, physical and mental. In our physical constitution there is a double set of nerves, the afferent and the efferent, like the double track of a railway terminating in a metropolis. Provision is thus made for action upon us from without inward, which terminates in sensation, and for action by us from within outwards, which originates in choice and volition. We are thus acted upon and we act ; we receive and we give. We receive first, and as a condition of giving, and there is a good in that ; GiTingand we also give, and in that there is a receivinK- higher good, for " it is more blessed to give thanto receive." Universally it may be said that activity from within, and its consequent good, is of a higher order than that from without, and the good from that. The application of terms here is not uniform, but in general it may be said that through the susceptibilities, the passivities, the movement from without inward, we have pleas- Pleasure m'e ; and that, through the activities, and loy. e Cuoices' he volitions, the movement from within outward, we have joy, happiness, blessedness. And as these forms of good are different in their origin, so are they in their quality. By the one we are allied to the animals, by the other to the angels, being made through the power of rational activity and affection but little lower tha...

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CHAPTER III. DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACTIVITY DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF THE GOOD. Since, as we have seen, the kind of activity determines the quality of the good, we next need to know what the different kinds of activity are. Of these there is a general division as the activity originates from without or from within, from the susceptibilities or the powers, powers. These words, susceptibilities and powers, point to a distinction that runs through our whole frame, physical and mental. In our physical constitution there is a double set of nerves, the afferent and the efferent, like the double track of a railway terminating in a metropolis. Provision is thus made for action upon us from without inward, which terminates in sensation, and for action by us from within outwards, which originates in choice and volition. We are thus acted upon and we act ; we receive and we give. We receive first, and as a condition of giving, and there is a good in that ; GiTingand we also give, and in that there is a receivinK- higher good, for " it is more blessed to give thanto receive." Universally it may be said that activity from within, and its consequent good, is of a higher order than that from without, and the good from that. The application of terms here is not uniform, but in general it may be said that through the susceptibilities, the passivities, the movement from without inward, we have pleas- Pleasure m'e ; and that, through the activities, and loy. e Cuoices' he volitions, the movement from within outward, we have joy, happiness, blessedness. And as these forms of good are different in their origin, so are they in their quality. By the one we are allied to the animals, by the other to theangels, being made through the power of rational activity and affection but little lower tha...

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