The truth that you cannot absorb what you wish and reject what you wish was not seen by all of us. It was seen by some missionaries and teachers, not intellectually, but by spiritual insight. I doubt if they foresaw the terrible consequences of absorbing an alien society without educational, cultural, and spiritual preparation. For a great length of time the simple, hardy tribal culture persisted; despite the many adaptations it had to make, its controls and restraints still held. Its homes continued to be sound. But, gradually, new homes were started by those who had begun to forget the tribal traditions; and tribal homes in the towns, robbed of the powerful support of tribal custom, began to experience with bewilderment and shame the shocks of disobedient children, pregnant daughters, and delinquent sons. This decay of home life was accelerated by overcrowding, the growth of slums, the increase of
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