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allow good and evil to befall the evil and good alike without rhyme or reason.
Rather, life and death, fame and infamy, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty fall to the lot of both just and unjust because they are neither fair nor foul, neither good nor evil.
Either the universe is an ordered whole or a chaos, confused it may be, but still a whole.-Or thinkest thou that order can reign in the little world within thee, and disorder in the great world without ? And this when all things, separate and diffused though they be, are still united in a common sympathy !
The universe must be governed either by a foreordained destiny,-an order that none may overstep,-by a merciful Providence, or by a chaos of chance devoid of a ruler. If the theory of an insuperable fate be true, why struggle against it ? If Providence watches over all and may be inclined to mercy, render thyself worthy of celestial aid. But if leaderless chaos be all, rest content that in the midst of this storm-swept sea Reason still dwells and rules within thee. And if the tide swirl thee away, let it take thy flesh and spirit, with all the rest ; for Reason it cannot take.
If there be a God all is well ; if chance governs all see that it govern not thee.
In the universe everything is interdependent.
THE mind of the universe is communistic. Accordingly, it has created the worse to serve the better, and united the better in one common bond. See how it has subordinated and co-ordinated all things, given each and all their deserts, and brought the best into concord with one another !
We are all working together for one end ; some of us consciously and purposely ; others blindly, in much the same way, presumably, as Heraclitus meant, when he said that even dreamers labour and co-operate in all that takes place in the

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