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Unformatted text preview: hining example moves us to a fellowship in courage. We find courage in the belief that others
are "with us," whether that courage faces physical or moral danger. To be "with" a man is to more than double
his resources of strength, intelligence and courage; it is more than an addition, for it multiplies all his virtues
and eliminates his defects. The sum total is the Hero. I wonder if there really ever has been a truly lonely hero,
if always there has not been some one who said, "I have faith in you; I am with you!" If a man has lacked
human backing, he has said to himself, "The Highest of all is with me, though I seem to stand alone. God
gives me courage!"
In a profoundly intellectual way, courage depends on a feeling that one is useful, not futile. Men lose courage,
in the sense of brave and determined effort, when it seems as if progress has ceased and their place in the
world has disappeared. This one sees frequently in middle-aged men, who find themselves relegated to
secondary places by younger men, who feel that they are slipping and soon will be dependents.
Hope, the foreseeing of a possible success, is necessary for most courage, though now and then despair acts
with a courage that is largely pride. The idea of a future world has given more courage to man in his
difficulties than all other conceptions together, for the essence of the belief in immortality is to transfer hope
and success from the tangle of this world to the clear, untroubled heavenly other world.
2. Here we must consider other, related qualities. The office of intelligence is to adjust man to a complex
world, to furnish pathways to a goal which instinct perhaps chooses. Suppose a goal reached,--say marriage is
entered upon with the one that we think is to give us that satisfaction and happiness we long for. The marriage
does not so result, either because we have expected too much, or because the partner falls below a reasonable
expectation, or because contradictory elements in the natures of the wedded pair cannot be reconciled. Unit...
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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