“You homoeopaths need someone to wake you up and tell you what ails you”.
“You hold on too long to your old books, old ideas, old words and phrases and old forms of thought”.
“Nomenclature is perhaps the greatest handicap of science, and we are constantly forced to change nomenclature to meet newly proven and accepted facts”.
“The American Institute of Homoeopathy ought to appoint a committee on nomenclature to modernize and reduce to understandable terms the old things which are now antiquated, intangible and reduce them to terms of the physical”.
“The formula, like cures like, it is a theoretic thought which, as such, appeals to the scientists as pure bunk-fake We must forget this as a mere expression of dogma, which repels and antagonizes, and convert it into the new, scientifically established and accepted, principle of the elective affinity of drugs”.
“Get that spirit-force idea out of your heads. That was all right before we could measure things! Now we can detect and measure the individual molecule-nay, we go further and measure the individual atom, and even its component factors.” (Sentences from the speech of Charles H. Kettering, before the International Hahnemannian Medical Association, 1922.).
Mr. Kettering has provided me with an Embarras de Richesse for the selection of a “taking title” for this months article for THE RECORDER. There are at least ten good titles and as many subjects contained in the sentences which I have quoted from his thought-provocative speech. I considered them all and pondered much before choosing; but his “Mystery and the Intangible” intrigued me until all the others were relegated to the “page below,” without derogation of their individual merits. I may use some of the other later.
Most of us live a mystery and its solution,whether it be in a detective story, the tale of a search for buried treasure or research on a pathological problem. Science owes much if not the greater part of its progress, to the love of mystery ingrained in human nature, I suspect that even Mr. Kettering love a mystery and that he only compelled himself under the influence of a “stern New England conscience” (I havent a “Whos Who” with me in the Catskills where I am writing this and dont know whether he is of New England ancestry or not) to admonish us to put away the seductive thing. At any rate, he is a man of accomplishment, and it is perfectly evident that in his department he has done his share in solving mysteries, which he would not have done if he had not loved them.
By the same taken I suspect that Mr. Kettering loves “The Intangible,”else why should he have exhorted us in good old New England style to put away the evil thing? “Conscience makes cowards of us all.” We flee from the Thing that is too great for us and afterwards tell a thrilling tale of the valorous battle we fought with it, taking from defeat the glory due only to victory.
The universe is full of mystery and the further physical science penetrates into the unknown the deeper and more insoluble it grows. And as for The Intangible: what is the ultimate object and highest aim of science, philosophy and religion but to reduce everything, theoretically, to the “intangible,” and then from that sure foundation to build up the material and the concrete? Energy, power, force, motion, vibration,the ether, in all their forms and modes of manifestation- are not these, or THIS, intangible?.
Mr. Kettering knows this, even if he chooses at times to forget it. He deals with electricity which, next to the hypothetical either, is the supreme and never failing example of intangibility in physical science.
The mining engineer, assisted by the chemist and metallurgist, directs the digging of the mineral from the rock and superintends its treatment through the process of crushing, grinding, pulverizing, floatation and smelting, all leading to an approximate degree of solubility( and to intangibility if carried far enough) in order to extract the pure gold or copper, as the case may be.
The chemist will discourse learnedly and convincingly of solubility and “Infinite Solution,” which is the only, if unattainable, ideally perfect solution, and absolutely intangible.
The homoeopathic pharmacist, by trituration, solution and dilution according to scale, following substantially the rules laid down by Hahnemann, the master chemist and physicist and greatest investigator and inventor of his day, prepares for the therapeutist those marvelous “potencies” and much ridiculed “infinitesimals,” which come nearest to being perfect curative agents medically, under certain conditions, because they are the least material, have the highest rate of vibration, most nearly approach the ideal “infinite solution” of the chemist, and are nearest the state of Life, the absolutely intangible and immaterial, which is Absolute Energy.
Intangibility is not unreality. It is invisibility, immateriality, incorporeality, impalpability, but not unsubstantially. The only real, lasting, substantial, dependable things in the universe are all intangible-the things of which we predicate Energy-Mind, Life, Spirit, Intelligence, on the highest plane of thought and existence as well as the great so-called “forces of nature,” all of which may be measures by their activities.