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ethical basis and must find the way to eliminate unnecessary fatigue and monotony. The machine which
increases production decreases the joy of work; we cannot help that, therefore society must at least add other
rewards to the labor that is robbed of its finest recompense.
A counsel of perfection! The sad part is that books galore are written about the ways of changing, but
meanwhile the law of competition and "progress" adds machines to the world, still further enslaving men and
women. We cannot do without machines,--nor can we do without free men and women. The fact is that
competition is a spur to production and to industrial malpractice, since the generous employer must adopt the
tactics of his competitors whether in a Southern mill town or in Japan.
I must confess to a feeling of disgust when I read preachments on the joys of work, on consecrating one's self
to one's task. I can do that, because I do about what I please and when I please, and so do you, Mister
Preacher, and so do the exceptional and the able and the fortunate here and there and everywhere. But this is
mathematically and socially impossible for the great majority, and unless a plan of life fits that majority it is
best to call the plan what it is,--an aristocratic creed, meant for the more able and the more fortunate. CHAPTER XIII. 110 CHAPTER XIII.
THE QUALITIES OF THE LEADER AND THE FOLLOWER
The social group, in its descent from the herd, has become an intensely competitive, highly cooperative
organization. There are two sets of qualities essential to those phases of society that concern us as students of
Out of the mass there come the leaders, those who direct and organize the thought and action of the group.
The leader, in no matter what sphere he operates, excels in some quality: strength, courage, audacity, wisdom,
organizing ability, eloquence,--or in pretension to that quality. The leader is a high variable and somehow is
endowed with more of a desired or...
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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