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The practical seek their own welfare or the welfare of others through direct means, through exerting the power
and the influence that is money and station. Rarely do they build for a distant future, and their goal is in some
easily and popularly understood good. What they say and what they do applies to getting rich or healthy, to
being good in a conventional way; success is their goal and that success lies in the tangibles of life. They
easily become sordid and mean, since it is not possible always to separate good and evil when one is governed
by expediency and limited idea of welfare. This is also true,--that while the practical usually tend to lose
idealism entirely, and find themselves the tools of habits and customs they cannot break from, now and then a
practical man reaches a high place of power and becomes the idealist. CHAPTER XI. 96 Though all men seek power and fellowship, we have a right to ask what are a man's leading pursuits. And we
must be prepared to tear off a mask before we understand the most of our fellows, for society and all of life is
permeated with disguise. Now and then one seeks to appear worse than he is, hates fuss and praise, but this
rare bird (to use slang and Latin in one phrase) is the exception that proves the rule that men on the whole try
to appear better than they are. Rarely does a man say, "I am after profit and nothing else," although
occasionally he does; rarely does the scientist say, "I seek fame and reward," even though his main stimulus
may be this desire and not the ideal of adding to the knowledge of the world. Behind the philanthropist may
lurk the pleasure in changing the lives of others, behind the reformer the picture of himself in history. The best
of men may and do cherish power motives, and we must say that to seek power is ethically good, provided it
does not injure fellowship. One must not, however, be misled by words; duty, service, fellowship come as
often to the lips of the selfish...
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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