The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 9, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 1, 1916 Page: 4 of 8
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Published Monthly by the Students of Tim
Abllono ChrlBtlon College.
Entered as Second Class Matter at Abilene Tex.
Subscription Per Year.. DOc
STAFF FOR NOVEMBER.
Vernon McCasland Editor-in-Chief
Claude Bikes Assoclato Editor
Inez Norton Christianity
Jonnlo Weeks Social Life
Thelma Meadows Daisy Hall
Dee Hambo Boys' Cottage
Claude Elliott Athletics
Oliver Dobbs Societies and Clubs
-llargarot Sanford Homo Economics
Leo Coffman Fun
Walter Slkes .Nows Notes
Address all correspondence and make all money
orders payablo to THE OPTIMIST at
THE CONTROLLING POWER OF MAN.
Animals are controlled by Instinct. This Is
noticeable especially in young animals; but It
Is shown to some extent by nil. A kitten be-
fore Us eyes are open can swim; the baby colt
or calf will detect danger and flee to Its mother
roY protection. No experience Is necessary for
tho venomous reptile to uso Its fangs with
deadly effect. Carrier pigeons when taken
j thousands of miles Into strange lands will re-
turn. Mlgatory birds and animals upprehond
tho change of seasons and depart to a mora
suitable clime. The common farm animals
warn us of an approaching storm.
On the other hand man Is controlled by
reason. Ho knows from experiences that from
vfleeu pianiea in mo spring nine no win rcuy
. many ioiu in uiu uurvuHi. opiumism uuu
' found by experimenting and from observn-
' tton that a Bpcctflc cause proceeds a certain
' result; from this fact they can predict com-
ing changes In tho weather and can explain
tho different phonomona ot nature.
An engineer can quickly locate a defect
In his engine by hearing a knock in It.
Hut this faculty of reason Is not given to
man without nn effort of his own; ho must work
for it. flod gives the powers of perception and
conception; but ho neither gives the percepts
nor tho concepts. Tho powers of perception
are tho special senses; the power of concep-
tion is tho mind No reasoning is possible un-
til the senses and tho mind are UBcd. An hi
font has no conception of fire and rocolves its
first percept or it by touching n live coal. Only
n fow of such percepts tire necessary for the
child to form a concept of fire and it will
touch no more coals ' From Its contact with
live coals It has learned that flro is hot. This
Is tho concept. After tho child hao formed o
concept it can reason which was Impossible
Helen KeUor's mind was blank. foreman;
yenrs. From the nbovo this Is cuslly explained
Her power of conception was exceptionally
great; but her powers of perception woro not
nblo to furnish sufficient percepts from which
to form n concept. Although sho had been
aboundantly blest with this tllvlno faculty
which controls man sho -was unable to enjoy
It becauso sho could not come to -whore it wns
to bo found.
The boy or girl who has no choice in the
matter will drift through life much like the
nnlmal controlled by Instinct; but they who
In tho strength and vigor of youth aro willing
to apply themselves will some time bo nblo to
think for themselves.
Among the many good things in store for
A. C. C. In the near futuro Is a new building.
Definite plans are already bolng formulatod
for It. Wo aro all rojolclng over tills. We can
sco In tho futuro this old campus which we
lovo so much covered with buildings sufficient
to care for the needs of Abllono Christian Col-
lege. liut we not only have Joyful anticipations
for the future wo are receiving many good
things now. A nice building has been erected
for a laboratory and both tho apparatus and
chemicals havo been Installed. Our library
room has been remodeled and is being filled
with two thousand now volumes as fast as
they can bo purchased.
Anyone desiring to attend A. C. C. In tho
future may come with tho full assurance
that ho will have tho best of accommodations.
Sunday Nov. 5 has been set npnrt ns Abl-
leno Christian College Day throughout West
Texas. On that day wo are going to work foi
contributions for our library fund. Wo will
appreciate a contribution from anyone on that
day; or in fact any other day. You cannot
give your money for a worthier .purpose thnn
to help establish an Institution for Christian
Education. Wouldn't you like to havo your
name on our honor roll?
If all Christians would strive as hard to
live right and to build up tho cause of Christ
as most peoplo do for selfish pleasure thero
would bo one of tho greatest religious awak-
enings that the world has ever witnessed.
An ambassador of this government Is an
official who transacts business for this gov-
ernment und the treaties ho makes with other
nations whtlo ho Is legal ambassador are
binding on tho entire government. Tho apos-
tles were ambassadors for Christ and whllo
they wero directed by tho Holy Spirit thoy
ropre8onted him perfectly; thoreforo every-
thing that thoy commanded Is as binding as It
Christ had in person commanded It and wo
must submit to their requirements in order
to Inherit eternal life.
While living a person can change his will
as often ns ho wishes but after his death his
heirs must submit to tho requirements of his
lust official will and said will cannot bo chang-
ed. Whllo Christ was on earth he could for-
glvo slnB under nny condition that ho thought
proper hut sinco ho has ascended to heaven
and left his will tho Now Testamont with us
wo must obey tho commands contained there-
in and we cannot substitute anything for
A school that does not strlvo for tho de-
velopment of Its students mentally moral-
ly and spiritually has no right to exist hut a
school that does stand for tho development or
tho best thoro la in its students deserves tho
co-operation patronage and support of the
ARE CHRISTIANS HAPPY?
Sometimes wo hear tho question "Aro
Christians happy?" Why do peoplo ask this
question? Isn't It becauso so many Chris
tlans go around with a long faco always see-
ing tho gloomy sldo of llfo? Isn't it becauso
we hear sonio Christians say "Thoro Is no
pleasuro In life. Tho world Is growing worse
and worse all of tho time. There isn't uny
good in it. Even the church Is not doing what
It should do and its members aro growing
Now should this question bo asked?
Should Christians live in such a way that peo-
ple will ask this question? Should thoy sec
only tho dark and gloomy sldo when llfo is so
full or light and beauty? Shouldn't they look
for tho silver lining In evory cloud of llfo? I
bellovo that everyone will agreo with mo that
ho would rather be around a cheerful person
thnn ono who Is alwayB dragging his chin on
tho floor. I believe also that you will agree
with mo when I say that or all tho peoplo In
the world the Christians should bo tho hap-
piest and that they should so llvo that no one
would think of asking this question.
H all Christians would smile If they would
laugh instead or crying when things seeming-
ly go wrong wouldn't people cease to ask this
question? Tho world Is really a mirror. It
you bring a smiling visage to tho glass you
meet a smile. And why shouldn't wo snillo?
We have not only tho blessings or this llfo
but tho hope or everlasting lire. Wo have
Cod's help In keeping our own lives puro and
clean so wo know that at least one person is
growing better. Then If we will help tho
church by working for It Instead or knocking
on It wo will soo that the church Is doing rooro
and more whnt it should do. Then peoplo
will say "Surely thero Is something in tho re-
ligion or theso peoplo. Thoy aro busy and happy
all tho time. Wo want to bo co-workers with
them In tho Father's vlnoyard." And so tho
church will grow and people will novcr moro
ask tho question "Are ChrlBtlanB happy?"
We have begun our Monday night topic
meetings. Thoy aro bettor than over Como
and hear our young preachers and boys make
talks on the different subjects or the Ulblo. I
assure you that you will not only enjoy it but
that you will be benefitted.
Not tho biggest but the best that's A.
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 9, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 1, 1916, newspaper, November 1, 1916; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91155/m1/4/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.