There is one art of which man should be master, the art of reflection.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet (1772-1834)
(103:5.5) Human happiness is achieved only when the ego
desire of the self and the altruistic urge of the higher
self (divine spirit) are co-ordinated and reconciled by the
unified will of the integrating and supervising personality.
The mind of evolutionary man is ever confronted with the
intricate problem of refereeing the contest between the
natural expansion of emotional impulses and the moral growth
of unselfish urges predicated on spiritual insight—genuine
(130:2.7) Will is the deliberate choice of a
self-conscious being which leads to decision-conduct based
on intelligent reflection.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English
poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend
William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in
England and a member of the Lake Poets. He wrote the poems The
Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as
well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His
critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly
influential, and he helped introduce German idealist
philosophy to English-speaking culture. Coleridge coined many
familiar words and phrases, including suspension of disbelief.
He was a major influence on Emerson and American
Throughout his adult life Coleridge had crippling bouts of
anxiety and depression; it has been speculated that he had
bipolar disorder, which had not been defined during his
lifetime. He was physically unhealthy, which may have stemmed
from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses.
He was treated for these conditions with laudanum, which
fostered a lifelong opium addiction.
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