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which evokes his real enthusiasm and praise. Judge by that and then note that the most constant admiration of
the women of our country goes out to actresses, actors, professional beauties, with popular authors and
lecturers a bad second, and that of the men is evoked by prize fighters, ball players and the rich. No wonder
the problems of the world find no solution, for it is only by fits and starts that men and women admire real
intelligence and real ability. The orator has more admirers than the thinker, and this is the curse of politics; the
executive has more admirers than the research worker, and this is the bane of industry; the entertainer is more
admired than the educator, and that is why Charlie Chaplin makes a million a year and President Eliot
received only a few thousand. The race and the nation has its generous enthusiasms and its bursts of
admiration for the noble, but its real admiration it gives to those whom it best understands. Fortunately the
leaders of the race have more of generosity and fine admiration than have the mass they lead. Left to itself, the
mass of the race limits its hero-worship to the lesser, unworthy race of heroes.
The school histories, which should emphasize the admirable as well as point out the reverse, have played a
poor role in education. The hero they depict is the warrior, and they fire the hearts of the child with admiration
and desire for emulation. They say almost nothing of the great inventors, scientists and philanthropists. The
teaching of history should, above all, set up heroes for the child to study, admire and emulate. "When the
half-gods go the gods arrive." The stage of history as taught is cluttered with the tin-plate shedders of blood to
the exclusion of the greater men.
 Plutarch's Lives are an example of the praise and place given to the soldier and orator; and many a child,
reading them, has burned to be an Alexander or a Caesar. Wells' History, with all i...
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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