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nobly when his domestic happiness is threatened but cheat when his business purposes are blocked; a woman
may compensate finely for childlessness but "go all to pieces" because hair is growing on her face and the
beauty she cherishes must go. Contradictions of all sorts exist, and he is wise who does not expect too great
consistency from himself or others.
3. "Man," says Hocking, "can prolong the vestibule of his desire through infinity." By the vestibule of desire
this philosopher means the deferring of satisfaction for any impulse or desire. We love, but we can wait for
love's fulfillment; we desire achievement, but we can work and watch the approach of our goal. Something we
desire is directly ahead, almost in our reach,-- fame, love, riches, vindication, anything you please from the
sensuous to the sublime satisfaction; and then an obstacle, a delay, appears, and the vestibule is lengthened
out. A man may even plan for the satisfaction he can never hope to have, and in his greatest ideal that
vestibule reaches through eternity.
That quality which enables a man to work and wait, to stand the deferring of hope and desire, is patience. The
classic figure of patience sitting on a monument is wrong, for she must sit on the eager desires of man. Nor is
patience only the virtue of the good and farseeing, for we find patience in the rogue and schemer. Altruists
may be patient or impatient, and so may be the selfish. Like most of the qualities, patience is to be judged by CHAPTER X. 84 the company it keeps.
Nevertheless, the impatient are very often those of small purposes and are rarely those of great achievement.
For all great purposes have to be spread over time, have to overcome obstacles, and these must be met with
courage and patience. Impatience is fussiness, fretfulness and a prime breeder of neurasthenia. Patience is
realistic, and though it may seek perfection it puts up with imperfection as a part of human life. But here I 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