“Gems of Thought” by Malfew Seklew, from The Clarion (1932)

We have only a partial knowledge of the contents of the egoist influenced journal The Clarion, but sought out what we could because two of our main Union Members are featured: Malfew Seklew and Benjamin DeCasseres.

Reproduced below is one of the known Seklew pieces.



as published in The Clarion | Vol. I – No. 1. | September 1932

Everyone is the center of his own world.

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Things may hurt our bodies; men may blacken our reputations; mischance may sweep away our fortunes; but no one thing except ourselves can hurt ourselves.

The final difference which marks the man of character from the weakling is the difference in that inner life of which he alone is master. The person who is the slave of circumstances abdicates his rulership over his own life. He is a slave where he should be a master.

Within the range of our human prerogatives, the self is omnipotent. Nothing can hurt it save as it lets itself be hurt.

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The pleasures of pursuit are more alluring than the placid joys of safety. The line of most resistance is the line of most attraction because there is more danger. The strong man seeks danger because he acquires new sensations which produce new situations and add zest to life.

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The best test of the qualities of a civilization is the quality of its leisure.

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Emulation is the finest form of imitation and the highest kind of competition. Emulation is competition without greed, which often terminates in co-operation. Emulation, enhanced with enthusiasm and adorned with wisdom will produce supermanity which is the next stage in human evolution.

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Inspirations cost nothing because they are the woof and warp of thoughts placed in loom of memory. They are the embroideries of ecstasy, and the whispers of wisdom. Imagination unites oceans, and the children of the Imagination transform mountains, conquer the mighty forces of nature like Niagara Falls, and compel the waste places of the earth to fructify and flourish for the benefit of humanity.

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Woman has not yet come to her own. When she finds herself out from within—she will control things from without, for it is by woman that Nature writes on the hearts of men. All great men have had great mothers—for mothers are the matrix of mortality—when women understand the psychic laws that govern life before birth, then will great mothers abound, and great men be plentiful. Then the genius will be as plentiful as the grocer, for woman is the designer of the destiny of man, the monarchese of morality; the chemist of consciousness; the alchemist of posterity ; and the creator of a new humanity.

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