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that all life is single in its essence, but various, ever-varying and interactive in its manifestations, and that men
and all other living animals are active workers and sharers in a vastly more extended system of cosmic action
than any of ourselves, much less of them, can possibly comprehend. It also suggests that they may contribute,
more or less unconsciously, to the manifestation of a far higher life than our own, somewhat as . . . the
individual cells of one of the more complex animals contribute to the manifestations of its higher order of
personality." Perhaps such a unity is the basis of instinct, of knowledge without teaching, of desire and wish
that has not the individual welfare as its basis. No man can reject such phenomena as telepathy or thought
transference merely because he cannot understand them on a basis of strict human individuality. To reject
because one cannot understand is the arrogance of the "clerico-academic" type of William James.
No one can read the stories of travelers or the writings of anthropologists without concluding that codes of
belief and action arise out of the efforts of groups to understand and to influence nature and that out of this
practical effort AND seeking of a harmonious reality arises morality. "Man seeks the truth, a world that does
not contradict itself, that does not deceive, that does not change; a real world,--a world in which there is no
suffering. Contradiction, deception and variability are the causes of suffering. He does not doubt there is such
a thing as, a world as it might be, and he would fain find a road to it." But alas, intelligence and knowledge
both are imperfect, and one group seeking a truth that will bring them good crops, fine families, victory over CHAPTER II. 18 enemies, riches, power and fellowship, as well as a harmonious universe, finds it in idol worship and
polygamy; another group seeking the same truth finds it in Christianity...
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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