Panorthosia by Comenius 19-26 by A.M.O. Dobbie

By A.M.O. Dobbie

Panorthosia (Universal Reform) is the basic subject of John Amos Comenius's well-known session at the Reform of Human Affairs, and chapters 19-26 symbolize its climax. during this quantity is gifted the 1st English translation of this significant paintings of Comenius, which was once misplaced from approximately 1672 till 1934 while the Latin students of Czechoslovakia had it edited for ebook in Prague in 1960.

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4. But what method should we adopt? Let us learn from the example of David how much zeal is required if we are to rid our household of corruption and corruptors, in the words of Psalm CI, 'I shall walk increasingly within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of him that doeth evil; it shall not cleave to me. I will not tolerate the wicked. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him I will cut off, him that hath a proud heart will I not suffer.

Instead, they are generally 1. only bits and pieces of knowledge; 2. sources of confusion to the mind, since their method is infinitely variable at the whim of the author; 3. forces which tease our minds with probabilities instead of binding them with the fetters of truth. Accordingly, as a result of their continual imperfection, variation, vacillation, contradictions and conflicts, our minds, schools, politics, churches, and the world itself have hitherto been so overwhelmed, involved, confused, and even infatuated with devious opinions and errors that it is hard for those who tread these thorny paths to find a way of escape.

51 24 PANORTHOSIA works on his own, and may be tired by his thousand and one tasks, and when tired he may sometimes nod25, and when nodding he may fail to attend to some of his necessary duties, it is a very good idea to have Official Visitors or Governors appointed in addition, to visit the schools at regular intervals and show a lively interest in what is being done and how all their work is progressing. If they are to be truly useful, they must be men of lively disposition with a reputation for hard work and trustworthiness in another field; they must be truly knowledgeable about scholastic affairs and method, and they must be as pious and devoted to the welfare of the state as the kind of men whom they seek to produce at the end of their schooling.

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