You have not been mistaken in supposing my views and feeling to be in favor of the abolition of war. Of my dispos[i]tion to maintain peace until its condition shall be made less tolerable than that of war itself, the world has had proofs, and more, perhaps, than it has approved. I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the dispos[i]tion to war; but of its abolition I despair.
I rolled my eyes. 'I feel like a zoo animal.' Travis watched me for a moment, noted those staring, and then stood up. 'I CAN'T!' he yelled. I stared in awe as the entire room jerked their heads in his direction. Travis bobbed his head a couple of times to a beat in his head. Shepley closed his eyes. 'Oh, no.' Travis smiled. 'get no... sa... tis... faction, ' he sang, 'I can't get no... sat-is-fac-tion. 'Cuz I've tried... and I've tried... and I've tried... and I've tried... , ' he climbed onto the table as everyone stared, 'I CAN'T GET NO!' He pointed to the football players at the end of the table and they smiled, 'I CAN'T GET NO!' they yelled in unison. The whole room clapped to the beat, then. Travis' sang into his fist, 'When I'm drivin' in my car, and a man comes on the... ra-di-o... he's tellin' me more and more... about some useless in-for-ma-tion! Supposed to fire my im-agin-a-tion! I CAN'T GET NO!
In spiritual growth, it is important to avoid imbalances between academic or intellectual learning and practical implementation. Otherwise there is a danger that too much intellectualiza tion will kill the more contemplative practices and too much emphasis on practical implementation without study will kill the understanding. There has got to be a balance.
And if a minister shall usurp the supreme and absolute govern ment of America, and set up his instructions as laws in the colonies, and their Governors shall be so weak or so wicked, as for the sake of keeping their places, to be made the instruments in putting them in execu tion, who will presume to say that the people have not a right, or that it is not their indispensible duty to God and their Country, by all rational means in their power to RESIST THEM.
And I, the for mer mys tic, was think ing: Yes, man is stronger, greater than God. When Adam and Eve de ceived You, You chased them from par adise. When You were dis pleased by Noah's generation, You brought down the Flood. When Sodom lost Your fa vour, You caused the heav ens to rain down fire and damna tion. But look at these men whom You have be trayed, al low ing them to be tortured, slaugh tered, gassed, and burned, what do they do? They pray be fore You! They praise Your name!
Let's look at one more quick example of modern evolution at work. In the early 1800s, light-colored lichens covered many of the trees in the English countryside. The peppered moth was a light-colored insect that blended in unnoticeably with the lichens. Predators had great difficulty distinguishing the peppered moth from its background environment, so the moths easily survived and reproduced. Then the Industrial Revolution came to the English country- side. Coal-burning factories turned the lichens a sooty black. The light-colored peppered moth became clearly visible. Most of them were eaten. But because of genetic variation and mutation, a few peppered moths displayed a slightly darker color. These darker moths were better able to blend in with the sooty lichens, and so lived to produce other darker-colored moths. In little over a hun- dred years, successive generations of peppered moths evolved from almost completely white to completely black. Natural selec- tion, rather than "random accident, " guided the moth's evolution- ary progress.