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themselves equal to coping with intruders, who are sure to be men, while women do not. One of the early
signs of chronic sickness is a feeling of fear, a loss of courage, based on a feeling of inferiority to
emergencies. The Spartans made it part of that development of courage for which their name stands, to CHAPTER X. 82 develop the physique of both their men and women. Their example, in rational measure, should be followed
by all education, for courage is essential to nobility of character. I emphasize that such training should be
extended to both male and female, for we cannot expect to have a timorous mother efficiently educate her boy
to be brave, to say nothing of the fact that her own happiness and efficiency rest on courage.
Tradition is a mighty factor in the production of courage. To feel that something is expected of one because
one's ancestors lived up to a high standard becomes a guiding feeling in life. Not to be inferior, not to
disappoint expectation, to maintain the tradition that a "So-and-So" never shows the white feather, makes,
heroes of the soldiers of famous regiments, of firemen and policemen, of priests, of the scions of distinguished
families, aye, even of races. To every man in the grip of a glorious tradition it seems as if those back of him
are not really dead, as if they stand with him, and speak with his voice and act in his deeds. The doctor who
knows of the martyrs of his profession and knows that in the code of his calling there are no diseases he must
hesitate to face, goes with equanimity where others who are braver in facing death of other kinds do not dare
Courage is competitive, courage is cooperative, as is every other phase of the mental life of men. We gather
courage as we watch a fellow worker face his danger with a brave spirit, for we will not be outdone. Amour
propre will not permit us to cringe or give in, though we are weary to death of a struggle. But also we thrill
with a common feeling at the sight of the hero holding his own, we are enthused by it, we wish to be with
him; and his s...
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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.
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