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Unformatted text preview: e life of the soldier and is, indeed, a trait he does not need; in the lives of the
strong and successful, pity is apt to be a hindering quality. In a world in which competition is keen, the
cooperative gentle qualities hinder success. The weak seek the pity of others; they need it; and the pity-seeker
is a very distinct type. The strong and proud hate to be pitied, and when wounded they hide, shun their friends
and keep the semblance of strength with a brave face. Pity directed toward oneself as the object is self-pity,--a
quality found in children and in a certain amiable, weak, egoistic type, whose eyes are always full of tears as
they talk of themselves. Of course, at times, we are all prone to this vice of character, but there are some
Certain so-called sentimentalists are those who die, tribute their pity in an erratic fashion. These are the
vegetarians who are sad because it is wrong to kill for food; yet they wear without compunction the leather of
cattle who have neither committed suicide nor died of old age. And the anti-vivisectionists view without any
stir of pity the children of the slums and the sick of all kinds. Pity raises man to the divine but, like all the
gentle qualities, it needs guidance by reason and common sense before it is of any value.
Just as there are objects and individuals recognized or believed to be as somehow favorable and who evoke
tender feeling, so there are objects and individuals regarded as unfavorable, perhaps dangerous, who arouse
aversion and hatred. The feeling thus produced is the other great sentiment of life, which on the whole
organizes character and conduct on a great plane. Hatred, a decidedly primitive reaction, still is powerful in
the world and is back of dissension of all kinds, from lawsuits to war. When one hates he is attached to the
hated object in a fashion just the reverse of the attachment of love; joy, anger, fear and sorrow arise under
exactly the opposite circumstances, and the aim and end of hate is to block, thwart and destroy the hated one.
The earlier history of man lays emphasis...
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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