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Some build up a delusional thought and feeling. For delusion merely means uncorrected thought and belief,
and we can only correct by contact and collision. The whole outer world may vanish or become hostile and
true mental disease develop. Perhaps it is more nearly correct to say that minds predisposed to mental disease
find in monotony a circumstance favoring disease.
On the other hand, a vigorous mind shut out from outer stimuli finds in this circumstance the time to
develop leisurely, finds a freedom from distraction that leads to clear views of life and a proper expression. A
periodic retirement from the busy, too-busy world is necessary for the thinker that he may digest his material,
that he may strip away unessential beliefs, that he may find what it is he really needs, strives for and ought to
 Perhaps this is why real genius does not flourish in our crowded, over-busy days, despite the great amount
4. Here we come to another corollary of the need for excitement, the need of relaxation. At any rate,
satisfaction and pleasure need periods of hunger in order to be felt. In the story of Buddha he is represented as
being shielded from all sorrow and pain, living a life filled with pleasure and excitement, yet he sought out
pain. So excitement, if too long continued--or rather if a situation that produces excitement of a pleasurable
kind be too long endured--will result in boredom. "Things get to be the same," whether it be the excitement of
love, the city, sports or what not. This is a basic law of all pleasures. In order that life may have zest, that
excitement may be easily and pleasurably evoked and by normal means, we need relaxation, periods free from
excitement, or we must pass on to a costly chase for excitement that brings breakdown of the character.
5. If the seeking of excitement, as such, is one of the prime pleasures of life, organized excitement in the form CHAPTER VII. 57 of interest is the directing and guiding pri...
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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