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It Is Singular with what ease most men are imposed upon. Though constantly complaining of the hypocrisy and insincerity of professed friends, and possessing a disposition to doubt of all human goodness; yet they are repeatedly imposed upon, by the merest pretences. But where is the fault ? You say they should be what they seem. Nay, my friend, not when you pay a price for deception, take their professions for current -coin, and neglect that quiet, unassuming friend of yours, who is constantly doing, without ostentation, what your fashionable friend is only professing to do. Is not the fault very much with yourself, in having looked for practical friendship where words constitute the currency. Your friend has deceived you, but only because you held out an inducement to him, and hence should only come in for a share of the blame. Besides, society is so organised that the advantages of deception are momentarily greater than those of truth.
These remarks will hold good in all religious and social affairs. To profess to serve God, and to cherish the interests of the "dear people," is the way to secure distinction and emolument from the world ; but to be true to the instructions of tho Divine Being, and faithfully labor to benefit the human condition, is but courting tho scorn and anathemas of a mammon-serving Church, and the neglect and insult of the very oppressed classes we are striving to emancipate.
Until men can decide on regarding words for their true value, and place a due estimate on deeds, we shall have any quantity of "Rules for Profession," both in Church and State; and while these arc given the preference over practical precepts, and the discharge of every-day duties, no complaint of deception should be made, inasmuch as those making these complaints are themselves parties in the transaction against which they murmur.
J. K. I
- Joshua King Ingalls, “Profession,” Univercoelum and Spiritual Philosopher 2, no. 12 (August 19, 1848): 186.