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types is to give them supremacy. We admire patience only when it is part of a plan of action, not when it is
the mark of a passive nature.
 Here the ideals of East and West clash. The East, bearing a huge burden of misery and essentially
pessimistic, exhorts patience. The West, eager and full of hope, is impatient.
4. Because man foresees he wishes. Rather than the reasoning animal, we might speak of the human being as
the wishing animal. An automatically working instinct would produce no wish. The image of something
which has been experienced arouses an excitement akin to the secretion of saliva at the thought of food. The
wish which accompanies the excitement is a dissatisfaction, a tingling, an incomplete pleasurable emotional
state which presses to action. Sensuous pleasure, power, conformity to the ideal, whatever direction the wish
takes, are sought because of the wish. Right education is to train towards right wishing.
Because the wish is the prelude to action, it became all powerful in mythology and superstition. Certain things
would help you get your wishes, others would obstruct them. Wishes became animate and had power,--power
to destroy an enemy, power to help a friend, power to bring good to yourself. But certain ceremonies had to be
observed, and certain people, magicians and priests had to be utilized in order to give the wish its power.
Wisdom and magic were mainly the ways of obtaining wishes. Childhood still holds to this, and prayer is a
faith that your wish, if placed before the All-Mighty, will be fulfilled.
Since wishing brings a pleasurable excitement, it has its dangers, in the daydream where wishes are fulfilled
without effort. Power, glory, beauty and admiration are obtained; the ugly Duckling becomes the Swan, CHAPTER X. 85 Cinderella becomes the Princess, Jack kills the Giant and is honored by all men; the girl becomes the beauty
and heroine of romance; the boy becomes the Hero, taking over power, wealth and beauty as h...
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