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valuation is reached through conformity with absolute standards. CHAPTER XII.
THE METHODS OF PURPOSE--WORK CHARACTERS
Having asked concerning any person, "What are his purposes?" whether of power or fellowship, whether
permanent or transitory, whether adjustable or not, we next ask, "How does he seek their fulfillment?"
"He who wills the end wills the means" is an old saying, but men who will the same end may will different
means. There have been those who used assassination to bring about reform, and there are plenty who use
philanthropy to hasten their egoistic aims. The nihilist who throws a bomb to bring about an altruistic state is
own cousin to the ward heeler who gives coal to his poor constituents so that his grafting rule may continue.
1. There are those who use the direct route of force to reach their goal of desire and purpose. They attempt to
make no nice adjustments of their wishes to the wishes of others; the obstacle, whether human or otherwise
must get out of their way or be forcibly removed or destroyed. "A straight line is the shortest distance between
two points," and there is only one absolute law,--"the good old rule, the simple plan that they may take who
have the power and they may keep who can." The individuals who react this way to obstacles are choleric,
passionate, egoistic and in the last analysis somewhat brutal. This is especially true if they seek force at first,
for with nearly all of us extreme provocation or desperation brings direct-action measures.
Conspicuously those accustomed to arbitrary power use this method. They have grown accustomed to
believing that their will or wish is a cause, able to remove obstacles of all kinds. When at all opposed the
angry reaction is extreme, and they tend to violence at once. The old-fashioned home was modeled in tyranny,
and the force reaction of the father and husband to h...
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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