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Unformatted text preview: eep, and the delight in progression lies in the fact that far more things are accessible for
investigation, for rearrangement, for tasting. It is no accident that we speak of our "tastes" that we say, "I want
to taste of experience." That is exactly what the child creeping on the floor seeks,--to taste of experience and
to anticipate, to realize, to learn. Out of the desire for activity grows a desire for experience born of the
pleasure of excitement that we spoke of previously. This desire for experience becomes built up into strange
forms under teaching and through the results of experience. It is very strong in some who become explorers,
roues, vagabonds, scientists as a result, and it is very weak in others who stay at home and seek only the safe
and limited experience. You see two children in one room,--and one sits in the middle of the floor, perhaps
playing with a toy or looking around, and the other has investigated the stove and found it hotter than he
supposed, has been under the table and bumped his head, has found an unusually sweet white lump which in
later life he will call sugar. The good child is often without sufficient curiosity to be bad, whereas the bad
child may be an overzealous seeker of experience.
So our child reaching out for things develops ideas of cause, effect and power, commences to have an idea of
himself as a cause and likes the feeling of power. As he learns to walk, the world widens, his sense of power
grows, and his feeling of personality increases. Meanwhile another side of his nature has been developing and
one fully as important.
The persons in his world have become quite individual; mother is now not alone, for father is recognized with
pleasure as one who likewise is desirable. He carries one on his shoulder so that a pleasurable excitement
results; he plays with one, holds out strings and toys and other instruments for the obtaining of experience.
Usually both of these great personages are friendly, their faces wear a smile or a tender look, and our little...
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