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“ These,” says Mr. Combe, “ are precisely the views which it is the object of the present work to enforce.”
It may appear useless, at the first thought, to issue another edition of the “Constitution of Man," when there are already no less th seven sets of stereotype plates of the mplete work in use in the United States, besides its publication in England, and its translation into the French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Italian languages; but when we consider the importance of the natural laws, and of the effects of obedience and disobedience of them on the happiness of man, we are led to reflect on the necessity of imparting the knowledge and conditions of these laws to the young, during the season of life when the foundation for health or the seeds of disease and misery are implanted.
The education of children should embrace their physical, moral, and intellectual natures, and the laws which govern these; also the importance of obedience to them, and the consequences of disobedience. Too often education is merely an intellectual one, and the child is left without a proper cultivation of his moral and physical natures.
With the physical nature of man, and the causes of health and disease, children should grow up familiar. They should be taught that violations of these laws by dissipation, excessive indulgences of appetite, or in any other manner, will surely bring punishment. With some it may possibly be delayed for many years, owing to the great strength of the powers of nature with which they have been blessed, yet it will surely come as dregs in the cup of life. These thoughts should be indelibly stamped on the minds of youth, and in no better way can this be accomplished than by making it one of the subjects to be studied in our common schools.
The moral and intellectual natures, and the laws which the Creator has assigned them, should be known to all, that every man may foresee and avoid the misery resulting from their infringement. Children should be taught to behold the wisdom and goodness of God, as manifested in His works and laws.
As health is of the greatest importance in the ceonomy of life, as
obedience to the moral laws is absolutely necessary to happiness, and as an understanding of the intellectual laws of our being is so important to their full development and the greatest usefulness to man, so should the study of these laws be made one of the leading pursuits in the education of the young.
How incomparably superior such an education to one the chief aim of which seems to be how to acquire wealth, honor, or office ! Education should promote health and happiness, and INCREASE
It should render the people industrious, and physically, morally, and intellectually happier. It should prepare man for higher and nobler callings than selfish ambition-it should instruct him in self-government, and practical obedience to all the laws of his Creator.
It is in view of these important considerations, and for the purpose of making an effort toward accomplishing so desirable an object by furnishing a treatise adapted to the use of schools, and the instruction of the young in these important principles, that this work is now presented to the public in its present form. It is most sincerely desired that all parents, teachers, and guardiansof the interests of education—by the love they bear toward the young, by their ardent desires for them to become useful members of society, and a blessing to their country-may give this work that candid attention which its subject justly demands.
Ir is not presumed that all the questions have been printed which it may be necessary to ask the pupil. Those given have been prepared with the intention of inducing thought, and causing the pupil to draw practical conclusions from the subject treated. It will be desirable that the teacher ask many other questions, especially to young pupils. He should be careful to practically impress the subject upon the minds of the learners; make them feel
that the natural laws are just as binding upon each and all of them, and the consequences of disobedience just as certain as if these laws had been made expressly for them alone. Cause them to feel the necessity of individual and personal obedience to these laws, and you will have taken a noble step toward preparing them for
the duties of life.
* The publishers of this work issue a periodical entitled “THE STUDENT," which is expressly adapted to the aid of teachers, and the physical, moral, and intellectual improvement of youth. It embraces the Natural Sciences, Biography, History, Music, Drawing, and Phonography. The work is divided into departments, and adapted to ALL CLASSES of readers, from the pupil just learning easy words, to the teacher and parent. It is emphatically a FAMILY JOURNAL. Thirty-two octavo pages, monthly: price $1 per annum.
human intellect, 17. All the departments of nature are governed by fixed laws
ENJOYMENT arises from activity-The arrangements of creation excite man's
APPLICATION OF THE NATURAL LAWS TO THE
PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS OF LIFE
THE reward of exercise, 46. Daily study, its object-Daily exercise of the
moral and religious sentiments, 47. Object of man's moral and intellectual
faculties to study God's works, 48. Slow progress of improvement, 50.
THE SAME SUBJECT CONTINUED
CONDITION of the savage-Man a social being, 52. The highest source of hap-
piness-Man in the beginning of his career, 53. Modern discoveries : circulation