Saint Timothy "On Saint Ralph"
Timothy Leary was the first faculty member fired from Harvard in over 100 years. The last professor Harvard fired was Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is more than just coincidence that Emerson was fired for telling students to question their churches. Instead, he told them to look within themselves to find divinity.
Here's Saint Timothy on Saint Ralph:
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And here's Saint Ralph:
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide . . .
Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me. I am part or particle of God . . .
There is no screen or ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens . . . no bar or wall in the soul where we, the effect, cease, and God, the cause, begins. . . .
Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines today also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)