The sum and substance of this write-up refers to the biography of Napoleon Hill, the renowned American philosopher. It seemed quite significant to Mr Hill when he made the discovery that practically every great leader, whom he had the privilege of analysing, was a man whose achievements were largely inspired by a woman. In many instances, “the woman in the case’’ was a modest, self-denying wife, of whom the public had heard but little or nothing. In a few instances, the source of inspiration has been traced to the “other woman’’, perhaps such cases may not be entirely unknown to you.
Intemperance in sex habits is just as detrimental as intemperance in habits of drinking and eating. In this age in which we are living, intemperance in habits of sex is quite common. This orgy of indulgence may account for the shortage of great leaders. No man can avail himself of the forces of his creative imagination while dissipating them. Man is the only creature on this earth who violates Nature’s law in this connection. Every other animal indulges its sex nature in moderation and with purpose that harmonises with the laws of Nature. Every other animal responds to the call of sex only in “Season’’. But, man’s inclination is to declare “open season’’.
Every intelligent person knows that stimulation in excess, through alcoholic drink and narcotics, is a form of intemperance which destroys the vital organ of the body, including the brain. Not every person knows, however, that overindulgence in sex expression may become a habit as destructive and as detrimental to the creative effort as narcotics or liquor.
As sex-mad man is not essentially different from a dope-mad man! Both have lost control over this faculties of reason and will-power. Sexual over—indulgence may not only destroy reason and will-power, but it may also lead to either temporary or permanent insanity. Many cases of hypochondria (imaginary illness) grow out of habits developed in ignorance of the real function of sex.
From these brief references to the subject, it may be readily seen that ignorance on the subject of sex transmutation, forces stupendous penalties upon the ignorant on the one hand and withholds from them equally stupendous benefits on the other. Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has been surrounded with mystery and clouded by dark silence. The conspiracy of mystery and silence has had the same effect upon the minds of young people that the psychology of prohibition had. The result has increased curiosity and desire to acquire more knowledge on this “Verbo-tem’’ subject, to the shame of all law makers and most physicians by training best qualified to educate youths on that subject- the information that has not been easily available.
Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavour before the age of forty. The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty. These statements are based upon analysis of thousands of men and women who have been carefully observed. They should be encouraging to those who fail to arrive before the age of forty and to those who become frightened at the approach of “old age’’ around the forty year mark. The years between forty and fifty are, as a rule, the most fruitful. Man should approach this age, not with fear and trembling, but with hope and eager anticipation.
If you want evidence that most men do not begin to do their best work before the age of forty, study the records of the most successful men known to the world. Between the age of thirty and forty, man begins to learn (if he ever learns), the art of sex transmutation. This discovery is generally accidental, and more often than otherwise, the man who makes it is totally unconscious of this discovery. He may observe that his powers of achievement have increased around the age of thirty five to forty, but in most cases, he is not familiar with the cause of this change that Nature begins to harmonise the emotions of love and sex in the individual, between the ages of thirty and forty, so that he may draw upon these great forces, and apply them jointly as stimuli to action.
Sex, alone, is a mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise accuracy of judgement and balance. What person, who has attained to the age of forty, is so unfortunate as to be unable to analyse these statements, and to corroborate them by his own experience ?
When driven by his desire to please a woman, based solely on the emotion of sex, a man may be, and usually is, capable of great achievement, but, his actions may be disorganised, distorted and totally destructive. When driven by his desire to please a woman, based upon the motive of sex alone, a man may steal, cheat and even commit murder. But, when the emotion of love is mixed with the emotion of sex, the same will guide his actions with more sanity, balance and reason.
Criminologists have discovered that the most hardened criminals can be reformed through the influence of a woman’s love. There is no record of a criminal having been reformed solely through the influence of sex. These facts are well-known, but this causes are not. Reformation comes, if at all, through the heart or the emotional side of man, not through his head or reasoning side. Reformation means, “a change of heart’’. It does not mean,”a change of head’’. A man may, because of reason, make certain changes in his personal conduct to avoid the consequences of undesirable effects, but, “Genuine Reformation’’ comes only through a change of heart through a “Desire’’ to change.
Love, romance and sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement. Love is the emotion which serves as a safety valve and insures balances, poise and constructive effort. When combined, these three emotions may lift one to an altitude of a genius. However, there are genii who know but little of the emotion of love. Most of them may be found engaged in same form of action which is destructive, or at least, not based upon justice and fairness toward others. If a good taste would permit, a dozen genii could be named in the field of industry and finance, who ride ruthlessly over the rights of their fellow men. They seem totally lacking in conscience. The reader can easily supply his own list of such men.
The emotions of love, sex and romance are the states of mind. Nature has provided man with a “Chemistry’’ of the mind which operates in a manner similar to the principles of chemistry of matter. It is a well known fact that, through the aid of chemistry of matter, a Chemist may create a deadly poison by mixing certain elements, none of which are– in themselves— harmful in the right proportions. Likewise, the emotions may be combined so as to create a deadly poison. The emotions of sex and jealousy, when mixed together, may turn a person into an insane beast.