(Lecture given in Montevideo, March 21st, 1939 by Carlos Bernardo Gonzalez Pecotche*)
"Following the previous conference I will continue to describe other important points concerning certain mental attitudes generated by the action of thoughts.
Logosophy states, and has demonstrated in multiple experiences achieved, that it is thoughts that govern the common man's life, and that due to human ignorance regarding the influence exercised by them on the will, man finds himself at the mercy of or subjected to agents extraneous to his conscience and consequently extraneous to his knowledge.
This circumstance, which is extremely sensitive and stirs the spirit of those who are free from such mental slavery, presents a doubtful and even hazardous future reflected in the situation of the common man who lives outside of this extraordinary reality and demonstrates further the scope of man's formidable prerogatives, such as knowing the internal mechanism of his own mind and the conscious management of logosophical technique appropriate for that purpose.
Why is the number of those who triumph so small and those who fail so great in the daily struggle presented by the world to the individual as he takes his first steps, solely dependent on his strengths and resources?
The answer cannot be more eloquently given than by what I just expressed concerning the thoughts. Few triumph because few have a sufficiently lucid intelligence to overcome successfully the obstacles erected by situations, often unfavorable, that occur during the course of projects the individual himself sets out to achieve; obstacles that exist even amongst those who live in the midst of flattery, which must be eliminated with patience and above all efficiently.
Very well; everybody can triumph and even contribute to their fellowman's success if their mental faculties are prepared and developed ahead of time, allowing them to store cognitions that enable them to exercise functions needed as an essential part of their future actions.
The efficacy of logosophical methods, already proven successful by many who have utilized them, spare those who decide to practice them many vicissitudes that lead to harsh disappointments protecting them against many errors that would be made without the help of Logosophy. In this case, knowledge substitutes for experience and guides one's steps in the secure path to be covered, thus avoiding difficult moments that so often scare the imagination of the unprepared who, unconsciously or recklessly, believe they could be resolved by their own means, always deficit, and without the slightest idea of the consequences that could ensue from such an attitude.
The student of Logosophy starts by organizing his life, putting as a first step order in his mind. There can be no order where discipline is not present. Hence the need for a rigorous selection of the thoughts that is present in the mind or that the individual has become fond of.
Once the intelligence is disposed to exercise greater activity, it will activate the whole mental mechanism and consequently will not tolerate the inertia of certain thoughts that, like each worker in a big factory, must attend to their own duties.
This simple example may illustrate the point: A doctor is present in a party and is socializing with other guests. In his mind run freely a quantity of trivial thoughts such as those commenting on events, telling stories or provoking discussions on several subjects. Suddenly he is called to a patient's bed. He takes his hat, excuses himself and runs to assist his patient in compliance with his duties. On his way he also abandons, one after another, all the thoughts that he had during his stay at the party and enlists each one of the others that will help him exercise his medical profession. Summoned by the new call, the thoughts related to his science come forth and with them he initiates his task as a doctor with his patient.
Similarly, the engineer, the lawyer, the businessman, the industrialist and all other individuals who feel compelled to perform their duties without making errors or mistakes should expel from their mind all the thoughts that do not facilitate their tasks.
To become truly the master of himself man must have full control over his thoughts; only then will he have control over his will. This explains why so many people can persevere in the pursuit of their objectives without weakening the determination of their decision, which does not occur in the cases where thoughts of doubtful tendency abort the individual's projects with impatience which characterizes a person who neither knows how to measure time nor understands to what degree the factor of time is indispensable in accomplishing any task.
*Excerpt from the book "An Introduction to Logosophical Cognition"originally published in Spanish. Official Translation.