Great Personalities:- All great forward movements in religion, science or art originate in the mind of some individual who appears at the psychological moment and announces his mission. His personality and his teaching represent the truth for which he stands.
To a moses or a Luther, to a Washington or a Lincoln, to a Plato or a Bacon, to a Hippocrates or a Hahnemann, each in his own sphere and period, the world comes and must come for instruction, inspiration and leadership.
Always following the appearance of great teacher or leader, opponents, detractors or corruptors spring up and attempt to stay or destroy, or divert to their own glory the progress of the new movement. Disciples or would-be disciples have always to be on guard against false teaching. Their principal safeguard is in maintaining a sincere and intelligent loyalty to the historic leader whose personality and teachings represent the original truth, and in intellectual and personal fellowship with other followers who maintain the same attitude and relation.
Lesser lights and lesser leaders there must and always will be to whom, each in his own rank and degree, honor and loyalty are due; but the disciple is never above his master. He only is “The Master” to whom the first great revelation of truth was made and by whom it was first developed and proclaimed; for such epochal men are supremely endowed and specially prepared, usually by many years of seclusion, intense thought and labor. They are raised up at last to do a great work. They stand on the mountain tops of human experience, from whence they have a field of view and a grasp of truth never before attainable. Like Moses they have as it were, received the “Tables of the Law” direct from the hand of the almighty.
Homoeopathy, the science and art of therapeutic medication, has a twofold existence as an institution and in the personnel of its loyal, individual representatives.
These two constituents are pervaded by a common animating spirit, which finds expression respectively in its organizations and literature and in the life and practice of its followers.
Homoeopathy a System – The fundamental principles of homoeopathy are embodied in a system of doctrines, laws and rules of practice which were first formulated, named and systematically set forth by Hahnemann in his Organon of the Rational Art of Healing. By that, homoeopathy was given a name an individuality and a character which defines and identifies it for all time.
The practical demonstration of homoeopathy is committed to its personal representatives, whose success will be proportionate to their efficiency. Efficiency in homoeopathy implies and involves native ability, acquired technical proficiency and logical consistency in the application of its principles. The exercise of these qualifications requires honesty, courage, fidelity to a high ideal and a right point of view.
Every problem with which homoeopathy deals, therefore, must be approached and every technical process conducted systematically from a particular and definite mental standpoint. The student or practitioner of homoeopathy must not only know what this point of view is, but he must acquire it and act from it in each case. This might be called the personal side of homoeopathy; for in the last analysis homoeopathy, from the psychological standpoint, is essentially a state of mind existent in the person of its representative. In this sense personality, or the sum of all the essential attributes and qualities of the individual is a condition-precedent to professional success.
Having defined the qualities and attributes that enter into the make-up of the homoeopathician the various practical problems and technical processes of homoeopathy can be taken up and discussed from the point of view already established.
As a prerequisite to a clear understanding of the subject, as well as to the attainment of efficiency in the practical application of its principles it is assumed that homoeopathy is what it is claimed to be a complete system of therapeutic medication. As a scientific system it is made up of certain facts, laws, rules and methods or processes, each of which is an integral part of the whole.
Nothing conflicting with its established principles can be added to it nothing taken away, if it is to stand in its integrity. Once it is determined what these essential elements and principles are, homoeopathy must stand or fall as a whole.
A mutilated homoeopathy is a lame and crippled thing, compelled to sustain itself by crutches, splints and braces. An emasculated homoeopathy is an impotent homoeopathy, without the virility necessary to maintain or reproduce itself. Some shortsighted, superficial and weak-kneed individuals, actuated by their prejudices, or through their failure to comprehend the subject as a whole, have adopted an emasculated homoeopathy for themselves and attempted to support their crippled eunuch as a candidate for general acceptance.