Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

“Toward science as a whole, as a divine goal, the whole civilized world ought to look with respect and veneration; for science alone can enable man to understand the Deity by the true appreciation of his works.

 
“Science is the understanding of truth or facts”, says Webster; “it is an investigation of truth for its own sake and a pursuit of pure knowledge.” If the definition be correct, then the majority of our modern scholars have proved false to their goddess.

 
“Truth for its own sake!” And where should the keys to every truth in nature be searched for, unless in the hitherto unexplored mystery of psychology?

 
Alas! that in questioning nature so many men of science should daintly sort over her facts and choose only such for study as best bolster their prejudices.

 
Psychology has no worse enemies than the medical school denominated allopathists. It is vain to remind them of the so-called exact sciences, medicine, confessedly, least deserves the name.

 
Although of all branches of medical knowledge, psychology ought more than any other to be studied by physicians, since without its help their practice degenerates into mere guess-work and chance-intuitions, they almost wholly neglect it.

 
The least dissent from their promulgated doctrines is resented as a heresy, and though an unpopular and unrecognized curative method should be shown to save thousands, they seem, as a body, disposed to cling to accepted hypothesis and prescriptions, and decry both innovator and innovation until they get the mint-stamp of regularity.

 
Thousands of unlucky patients may die meanwhile, but so long as professional honor is vindicated, this is a matter of secondary importance.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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