A Journey in Other Worlds HTML version
jurisdiction--it may be planning a new boulevard, a new park, or an improved system of
sewers; and at the year's end they issue a resume of everything completed, and the
progress in everything else; and though there is usually a great difference between the
results hoped for and those attained, the effect is good. The newspapers publish at length
the recommendations of the Executives, and also the results obtained, and keep up public
interest in all important matters.
"Free to delve in the allurement and fascination of science, emancipated man goes on
subduing Nature, as his Maker said he should, and turning her giant forces to his service
in his constant struggle to rise and become more like Him who gave the commandments
and showed him how he should go.
"Notwithstanding our strides in material progress, we are not entirely content. As the
requirements of the animal become fully supplied, we feel a need for something else.
Some say this is like a child that cries for the moon, but others believe it the awakening
and craving of our souls. The historian narrates but the signs of the times, and strives to
efface himself; yet there is clearly a void, becoming yearly more apparent, which
materialism cannot fill. Is it some new subtle force for which we sigh, or would we
commune with spirits? There is, so far as we can see, no limit to our journey, and I will
add, in closing, that, with the exception of religion, we have most to hope from science."