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and teachers for the sake of molding the scholar into usefulness and conformity to the group into which he is
born. There may be in each individual an innate capacity for this ability or that, for expressing and controlling
this or that emotion, for developing this or that purpose. Which ability will be developed, which emotion or
purpose will be expressed, is a matter of the age in which a man is born, the country in which he lives, the
family which claims him as its own. In a warrior age the fighting spirit chooses war as its vocation and
develops a warlike character; in a peaceful time that same fighting spirit may seek to bring about such reforms
as will do away with war. When the world said that a man might and really ought now and then to beat his
wife and rule her by force, the really conformable man did so, while his descendant, living in a time and CHAPTER II. 17 country where woman is the domestic "boss," submits, humorously and otherwise, to a good-natured
henpecking. And in the times where a woman had no vocation but that of housewife, the wife of larger ability
merely became a discontented, futile woman; whereas in an age which opens up politics to her, the same type
of person expands into a vigorous, dominating political leader. Though the force of the water remain the same,
the nature of the land determines whether the water shall collect as a river, carrying the produce of the land to
the sea, or as a stagnant lake in which idlers fish. Time, social circumstances, education and a thousand and
one factors determine whether one shall be a "Village Hampden," quarreling in a petty way with a petty
autocrat over some petty thing, or a national Hampden, whose defiance of a tyrannical king stirs a nation into
 Indeed, a reformer is to-day called a crusader, though the knight of the twelfth century armed cap-a-pie for
a joust with the Saracen would hardly recognize as his spiritual descendant a sedentary person preaching
against rum. Yet to the student of character there is nothing anomalous in the transformation.
How conceptions of right and wrong,...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11