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Unformatted text preview: . For there are so many more immediate pleasures to be had, even if offering only variety and
relaxation. There is the country, there is the lake for fishing; there is the dance hall where a pretty girl smiles
as your arm encircles her waist; there is the ball field where on a fine day you may go and forget duty and CHAPTER XI. 100 strained effort in the swirl of an enthusiasm that emanates from the thousands around you as they applaud the
splendid athletes; there is the good fellowship and pleasure that beckon as you bend to a task. To shut these
out, to inhibit the temporary "good" for the permanent good, is the measure of character.
These sex and work situations we must take up in detail in separate chapters. What is important is that as life
goes on, necessity, the social organization and gradual concentration of energy canalize the purposes, reduce
the power of the irrelevant and temporary desires. Habit and custom bring a person into definite relationship
with society; the man becomes husband, father, worker in some definite field of industry; ambition becomes
narrowed down to the possibilities or is entirely discarded as hopeless. The character becomes a collection of
habits, with some controlling purpose and some characteristic relaxations. This at least is true of the majority
of men. Here and there are those who have not been able to form a unification even along such simple lines;
they are without steady habits, derelicts morally, financially and socially, or if with means independent of
personal effort they are wastrels and idlers. And again there are the doers and thinkers of the world, the
fortunate, whose lives are associated with successful purposes, whose ambitions grow and grow until they
reach the power of which they dreamed. There are the reformers living in a fever heat of purpose, disdaining
rest and relaxation, dangerously near fanaticism and not far from mental unbalance, but achieving through that
unbalance things the balanced never have the will to attempt. He who works merely to get rich or powerful or
to provide food for his family cannot understand the zealots who see the world as a place where
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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