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am. I think. I will.
hands . . . My spirit . . . My sky . . . My forest . . . This earth of
mine . . . .
must I say besides? These are the words. This is the answer.
stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my
arms. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to
know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant
for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my
being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
is my eyes which see, and the sight of my eyes grants beauty to the earth.
It is my ears which hear, and the hearing of my ears gives its song to the
world. It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only
searchlight that can find the truth. It is my will which chooses, and the
choice of my will is the only edict I must respect.
words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but
only three are holy: "I will it!"
road I take, the guiding star is within me; the guiding star and the
loadstone which point the way. They point in but one direction. They point
know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if
it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For
I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs
no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end.
It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool
for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for
their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.
am a man. This miracle of me is mine to own and keep, and mine to guard,
and mine to use, and mine to kneel before!
do not surrender my treasures, nor do I share them. The fortune of my
spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as
alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my
will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.
owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to
live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man's soul, nor is
my soul theirs to covet.
am neither foe nor friend to my brothers, but such as each of them shall
deserve of me. And to earn my love, my brothers must do more than to have
been born. I do not grant my love without reason, nor to any chance
passer-by who may wish to claim it. I honor men with my love. But honor is
a thing to be earned.
shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I
shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect,
but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or
walk alone when we so desire. For in the temple of his spirit, each man is
alone. Let each man keep his temple untouched and undefiled. Then let him
join hands with others if he wishes, but only beyond his holy threshold.
the word "We" must never be spoken, save by one's choice and as
a second thought. This word must never be placed first within man's soul,
else it becomes a monster, the root of all the evils on earth, the root of
man's torture by men, and an unspeakable lie.
word "We" is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to
stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which
is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the
depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might
of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.
is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my
wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all
creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life,
if I am but to bow, to agree, and to obey?
I am done with this creed of corruption.
am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of
plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.
now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god
whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant
them joy and peace and pride.
god, this one word: