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Unformatted text preview: t seek your purpose with all the methods at hand. But the temptation
to go farther always operates; a man starts to do something a little underhanded in behalf of his noble wish
and finds himself committed to conduct unqualifiedly evil.
5. There are certain other emotional states associated with energy and the energy feeling of great interest.
What we call eagerness, enthusiasm, passion, refers to the intensity of an instinct, wish, desire or purpose. In
childhood this energy is quite striking; it is one of the great charms of childhood and is a trait all adults envy.
For it is the disappearance of passion, eagerness and enthusiasm that is the tragedy of old age and which really
constitutes getting old. Youth anticipates with eagerness and relishes with keen satisfaction. The enthusiasm
of typical youth is easily aroused and sweeps it on to action, a feature called impulsiveness. Sympathy, pity,
hope, sex feeling--all the self-feelings and all the other feelings--are at once more lively and more
demonstrative in youth, and thus it is that in youth the reform spirit is at its height and recedes as time goes
on. What we call "experience" chills enthusiasm and passion, but though hope deferred and a realization of
the complexity of human affairs has a moderating, inhibiting result, there is as much or more importance to be
attached to bodily changes. If you could attach to the old man's experience and knowledge the body of youth,
with its fresher arteries, more resilient muscles and joints, its exuberant glands and fresh bodily juices,--desire,
passion, enthusiasm would return. In the chemistry of life, passion and enthusiasm arise; sickness, fatigue,
experience and time are their antagonists.
This is not to deny that these energy manifestations can be aroused from the outside. That is the purpose of
teaching and preaching; the purpose of writer and orator. There is a social spread of enthusiasm that is the
most marked feature of crowds and assemblies, and this eagerness makes a unit of thousands of diverse
personalities. Further, the problem of awakening enthusiasm a...
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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