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Unformatted text preview: of good for the organism and pain a sign of CHAPTER VIII. 61 bad, is an error in that often an experience that produces pleasure is a detriment and an injury. If pleasure were
an infallible sign of good, no books on character, morals or hygiene would need to be written.
This primary excitement, when associated with outer events or things, becomes differentiated into many
forms. Curiosity (or interest) is the focusing of that excitement on particular objects or ends, in order that the
essential value or meaning of that object or individual become known. Curiosity and interest develop into the
seeking of experience and the general intellectual pursuits. We have already discussed this phase of
An object of interest may then evoke further feeling. It may be one's baby, or one's father or a kinsman or a
female of the same species. A type of feeling FAVORABLE to the object is aroused, called "tender feeling,"
which is associated with deep-lying instincts and has endless modifications and variations. Perhaps its great
example is the tender feeling of the mother for the baby, a feeling so strong that it leads to conduct of selfsacrifice; conduct that makes nothing of privation, suffering, even death, if these will help the object of the
tender feeling, the child. Tender feeling of this type, which we call love, is a theme one cannot discuss dryly,
for it sweeps one into reveries; it suggests softly glowing eyes, not far from tears, tenderly curved lips, just
barely smiling, and the soft humming of the mother to the babe in her arms. It is the soft feeling which is the
unifying feeling, and when it reaches a group they become gentle in tone and manners and feel as one. The
dream of the reformer has always been the extension of this tender feeling from the baby, from the child and
the helpless, to all men, thus abolishing strife, conquering hate, unifying man. This type of love is also
paternal, though it is doubtful whether as such it ever reaches the intensity it does in the mother. By a sort of
association it spreads to all children, to all little things, to all...
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