Making of a Man

The highest aim of man is to become wise, and the only way to attain wisdom is to do for the good of others….

Truth is a two-edged sword.

Information that may be used for the good of mankind may be used also for selfish ends. In the former, it elevates the user; in the latter, it destroys him. We see the evidence of this in every profession, in every business; in the artist, the doctor, the lawyer, the merchant, and the politician. We have only to study faces to be convinced.

The face of the homoeopathic physician who has used the great homoeopathic truth for the good of man has a benign expression, while he who has first counted on what it will bring in cash has a crafty face which the children shun. In either case, he smiles if successful; but if he falls, we shall see accentuated the two casts of expression. One reveals patience; and the other deep lines of disappointment and hatred.

It is important to know how it is that truth can become a power to change the faces of men. Truth is so powerful that it will elevate him who uses it for the good of man, and degrade him who uses it against his fellow. It carries with it a penalty for falsifying it, or using it for improper purposes.

When one listens to a great truth, he says to himself that truth should, be known to the world, or that it can be used to increase wealth.

Truth first enters the memory, and may go no farther and soon may be lost; or it may be admitted into the understanding, and flow through it into the voluntary and then into life. This is the course intended by Divine Providence whenever he gives truth to man. It is that he shall use it for the common good, and not for himself. Whenever man perverts this, he destroys himself; but when he carries out the purpose of the truth, he becomes wise. The highest aim of man is to become wise, and the only way to attain wisdom is to do for the good of others.

Truth first enters the mind by the way of the memory. There it is inspected by the understanding, and it is settled upon whether it is true or false, or detrimental. If it is approved, the understanding admits it to the middle chamber, where it is treasured for use. When Homoeopathic truth is thus admitted, the healing artist waits for an opportunity to confirm it. Finally the patient comes and the truth is called forth; the law and doctrines there treasured are called upon, used, and confirmed to be true. The patient recovers and is grateful to his doctor. The doctor is delighted and smiles. He shows forth upon the face his inmost feelings; a tear comes to his eye aid he says, “Blessed be Hahnemann, Blessed be the Lord.”

Then it is that truth passes through the understanding into the voluntary-into the affections-and is revealed, upon the countenance. Now, truth is made, alive, and can be maintained alive so long as the doctor continues to use it. It now fills his life. He loves it, knows it and remembers it. If he does not love it and use it, he does not grow in wisdom. But by loving it he loves to use it, and thereby learns more of it. The more he loves it, the better he knows it.

If there is one who is wise in the law, it is because he loves it and obeys it. If he is wiser than others, it is because he loves it more than others-but for the sake of the good it will do for man. To love it for the good it will bring to oneself is another form of hatred of men; and hatred of men, or love of self, closes and pinches and contracts, and distorts the understanding, and the face becomes crafty. Any violation., of the law carries with it its own penalty.

Woe unto him who uses the truth to glorify himself or enrich his pocketbooks

Truth will make man miserable or happy. Man is never happy except when working for others. Man is most miserable when doing most for himself, and the misery is shown on his face. Behold the successful miser. He who has most miserable. The wise man is always happy. He has grown wise while loving, and is loved while acquiring knowledge. Peace, happiness and contentment are upon the face of all who live for the good of the human race.

When man appears to know what he does not make use of, his understanding will soon force it out into the memory, and finally the memory holds it no longer. In the understanding is treasured only so much as is loved and used.

The love of truth for the sake of truth, in the voluntary, conjoins with an equivalent of truth in the understanding; and this is the measure of wisdom in any man.

The crafty man memorizes facts, to use for a given occasion in order to acquire remuneration or fame, and should be known as smart in proportion to the success of his undertaking. This is not wisdom. Wisdom cannot be removed from the love of uses.

Love, wisdom and use make one, and inasmuch as they are one in the life of man they make him a man; and wherein he lacks these, he falls short of being a man. These in man are the wherein he exists in the image of God, and when he has thus made truth alive in him he has become “free indeed”.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.