Nature is a good friend but a bad enemy. Recognizing such symptoms as signs by the wayside indicating the road and the direction in which nature (the life principle) is developing her counter-attack and resistance, we take the same road, follow the signs and bring up reinforcements. In order words,we give a medicine which has the power to produce symptoms similar to those of the sick, previously ascertained by testing them upon persons in health, and strengthen the resistance by instructing the intellect in the principles of a true, spiritual philosophy.
Such is my belief, and thus I co-ordinate my theology with medicine.
“Here we feel but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons difference; as the icy fang.
And churlish chiding of the winters wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say.
This is no flattery; these are the counsellors.
That feelingly persuade me what I am.
Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt.
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in everything.