Was it that houses and lands, offices, wine, horses, dress, luxury, are had by unprincipled men, whilst the saints are poor and despised; and that a compensation is to be made to these last hereafter, by giving them the like gratifications another day,--bank- stock and doubloons, venison and champagne?
I shall attempt in this and the following chapter to record some facts that indicate the path of the law of Compensation; happy beyond my expectation if I shall truly draw the smallest arc of this circle.
For example, in the animal kingdom the physiologist has observed that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect.
Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
But the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency.
There is a deeper fact in the soul than compensation, to wit, its own nature.
But there is no tax on the knowledge that the compensation exists and that it is not desirable to dig up treasure.
In the nature of the soul is the compensation for the inequalities of condition.
And yet the compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time.
The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation
, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
The elder Geoffroy and Goethe propounded, at about the same period, their law of compensation or balancement of growth; or, as Goethe expressed it,
I suspect, also, that some of the cases of compensation which have been advanced, and likewise some other facts, may be merged under a more general principle, namely, that natural selection is continually trying to economise in every part of the organisation.
Fentolin admitted, "that I have compensations
which no one can guess at, compensations
which appeal to me more as time steals on.