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world he has built, now able to read, write and vote, asks why the duty is all on his side. In other words, a
demand for justice, which is merely reciprocal, universal duty, has weakened something of the sense of duty.
In fact, that is the first effect of the feeling of injustice, of unjust inequality. Dealing with the emancipated, the
old conception of duty as loyalty under all conditions has not worked, and we need new ideals of duty on the
part of governments and governing groups before we can get the proper ideals of duty in the governed.
Some of those ideals are commencing to be heard. International duty for governments is talked of and some
are bold to say that national feeling prevents a real feeling of duty to the world, to man. These claim that duty
must have its origin in the extension of tender feeling, in fraternity, to all men. In a lesser way business is
commencing to substitute for its former motto, "Handelschaft ist keine Bruderschaft" (business is no
brotherhood), the ideal of service, as the duty of business. Everywhere we are commencing to hear of "social
duty," of obligation to the lesser and unfortunate, of the responsibility of the leaders to the led, of the well to
the sick, of the law-abiding to the criminal. Strange notion, this last, but one at bottom sound and practical.
In the end, the true sense of duty is in a sense of individual responsibility. Our age feels this as no other age
has felt it. Other ages have placed responsibility on the Church, on God and on the State. Difficult and
onerous as is the burden, we are commencing to place duty on the individual, and in that respect we are not in
the least a decadent generation. CHAPTER IX. 69 CHAPTER IX.
ENERGY RELEASE AND THE EMOTIONS
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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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