J. EDWARD MERCER
A wave of Mysticism is passing over the civilised nations. It is welcomed by many: by more it is mistrusted. Even the minds to which it would naturally appeal are often restrained from sympathy by fears of vague speculative driftings and of transcendental emotionalism. Nor can it be doubted that such an attitude of aloofness is at once reasonable and inevitable. For a systematic exaltation of formless ecstasies, at the expense of sense and intellect, has a tendency to become an infirmity if it does not always betoken loss of mental balance. In order, therefore, to disarm natural prejudice, let an opening chapter be devoted to general exposition of aims and principles.
The subject is Nature Mysticism. The phenomena of “nature” are to be studied in their mystical aspects. The wide term Mysticism is used because, in spite of many misleading associations, it is hard to replace. “Love of nature” is too general: “cosmic emotion” is too specialised.
Valentine’s day as we know it did not truly take off until the late 1800’s. A time when marketing and innovation truly began their birth. There were two noteworthy incidents that proved to be the catalyst for today’s Valentine’s day. The Cadbury brothers perfected their recipe for sweetened chocolate and offered it for sale in ornate velvet and mirrored boxes. The boxes were keepsakes even after the chocolate was gone. Besides the gifts of sweetened chocolates, the greeting card industry received it’s boon when Miss Esther Howland gifted the first known greeting card to commemorate Valentine’s day. Since her father owned a stationery store, sales rocketed.
There is something interesting about the transition of time. One is able to see the visible changes in the historical items left behind from each generation. Items remain and technology improves and yet the human spirit has remained unchanged. Mankind still has the will to war in his heart, as well as the will to love. The only difference between people today and people a thousand years ago, is their education and ability to deceive has improved considerably.
Despite our continued downward spiral we all have predominantly one dream. That someday we will be happy. For some people though that happiness will never materialize. These people end up taking their hopes with them into the grave. It may be months or even centuries later but someone will encounter their spirit again.