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Unformatted text preview: 4. The Psychological Function : to guide him [the reader], stage by stage, in health, strength, and harmony of spirit, through the whole foreseeable course of a useful life. [. . .] Its first function is to foster an unready psyche to maturity, preparing it to face its world. [. . .] The next function, accordingly, must be to help the ready youth step out and away, to leave the myth, this second womb, and to become, as they say in the Orient, twice born, a competent adult functioning rationally in his present world, who has left his childhood season behind. Finally, if the child is given a sound imprinting of childhood myths, . . .when the time came for this backward, downward plunge [into old age and death], the scenery down there would have been a bit more familiar....
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