further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end;
and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Eccl. 12:12
Mental effort without corresponding
physical exercise calls an undue proportion of blood to the brain, and thus the
circulation is unbalanced. The brain has too much blood, while the extremities
have too little. The hours of study and recreation should be carefully
regulated, and a portion of the time should be spent in physical labor. . . .
The health cannot be preserved unless
some portion of each day is given to muscular exertion in the open air. Stated
hours should be devoted to manual labor of some kind, anything which will call
into action all parts of the body. Equalize the taxation of the mental and the
physical power, and the mind . . . will be refreshed.
The minds of thinking men labor too hard.
They frequently use their mental powers prodigally, while there is another
class whose highest aim in life is physical labor. The latter class do not
exercise the mind. Their muscles are exercised, but their brains are robbed of
intellectual strength; just as the minds of thinking men are worked, but their
bodies are robbed of strength and vigor by their neglect to exercise the
muscles. . . . Health should be a sufficient inducement to lead them to unite
physical with mental labor.
Moral, intellectual, and physical culture
should be combined in order to have well-developed, well-balanced men and
women. Some are qualified to exercise great intellectual strength, while others
are inclined to love and enjoy physical labor. Both of these classes should
seek to improve where they are deficient, that they may present to God their
entire being, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him, which is their
The health should be as carefully guarded
as the character.
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