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world of romance is largely the wish-world, as is the most of the stage. The happy ending is our
wish-fulfillment, and only the sophisticated and highly cultured object to it. Moulding the world to the heart's
desire has been the principal business of stage, novel and song.
In the normal relations of life, the wish is the beginning of will, as something definitely related to a future
goal. He who wishes finds his way to planning and to patient endeavor, IF training, circumstances and
essential character meet. To wish much is the first step in acquiring much,--but only the first step. For many it
is almost the only step, and in the popular phrase these have a "wishbone in the place of a backbone." They
are the daydreamers, the inveterate readers of novels, who carry into adult life what is relatively normal in the
child. The introspective are this latter type; rarely indeed do the objective personalities spend much time in
wishing. Undoubtedly it is from the introspective that the wish as a symbol and worker of power gained its
influence and meaning. This transformation of the wish to a power is found in all primitive thought, in the
power of the blessing and the curse, in the delusions of certain of the insane who build up the belief in their
greatness out of the wish to be great; and in our days New Thought and kindred beliefs are modernized forms
of this ancient fallacy.
It is a comforting thought to those who seek an optimistic point of view that most men wish to do right. Very
few, indeed, deliberately wish to do wrong. But the difficulty lies in this, that this wish to do right
camouflages all their wishes, no matter what their essential character. Thus the contestants on either side of
any controversy color as right their opposing wishes, and cruelties even if they burn people at the stake for
heresy, kill and ruin, degrade and cheat, lie and steal. Thus has arisen the dictum, "The end justifies the
means." The good desired hallows the methods used, and all kinds of evil have resulted. Practical wisdom
believes that up to a certain point you mus...
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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