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An American Bible - The Book of Nightmares
Beginning and Ending
An American Bible
In courts of law, the phrase "I believe" has no standing.
Never a witness gives testimony but that he cautioned thus:
"Tell us what you know, not what you believe."

In theology, belief has always been regarded as more
important than that which your sense say is so.

Almost with exception, "belief" is a legacy, an importation
-something borrowed, an echo, and often an echo of an echo.

The Creed of the Future will begin, "I know," not, "I believe."
And this creed will not be forced upon the people.

It will carry with is no coercion, no blackmail, no promise of
an eternal life of idleness and leisure if you accept it, and
no threat of hell if you don't.

It will have not paid, professional priesthood, claiming
honors, rebates and exemptions, nor will it hold estates free
from taxation. It will not organize itself into a system,
marry itself to the State, and call on the police for support.
It will be so reasonable, so in the line of self-preservation,
that no sane man or woman will reject it, and when we really
begin to live it we will cease to talk about it.

As a suggestion and first rough draft, we submit this-I KNOW:

That I am here

In a world where nothing permanent but change,

And that in degree I, myself, can change the form of things

And influence a few people;

And that I am influenced by the example and by the work of men
who are not longer alive,

And that the work I now do will in degree influence people who
may live after my life has changed into other forms;

That a certain attitude of mind and habit of action on my part
will add to the peace, happiness and well-being of other people,

And that a different thought and action on my part will bring pain
and discord to others;

That if I would secure reasonable happiness for myself, I must give
out good will to others;

That to better my own condition I must practice mutuality;

That bodily health is necessary to continued and effective work;

That I am ruled largely by habit;

That habit is a form of exercise;

That up to a certain point, exercise mean increased strength or
ease of effort;

That all life is the expression of spirit;

That my spirit influences my body,

And my body influences my spirit;

That the universe to me is very beautiful, and everything and
everybody in it is good and beautiful, when my body and my
spirit are in harmonious mood;

That my thoughts are hopeful and helpful unless I am filled
with fear,

And that to eliminate fear my life must be dedicated to useful
work-work in which I forget myself;

The fresh air in abundance, and moderate, systematic exercise
in the open air are part of wisdom;

That I can not afford, for my own sake, to be resentful nor
quick to take offense;

That happiness is a great power for good,

And that happiness is not possible without moderation and

That time turns all discords into harmony if men will but
be kind and patient,

And that the reward which life holds out for work is not
idleness nor rest, nor immunity from work, but increased

-Elbert Hubbard
(taken from the Foreword of "An American Bible.")

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