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Unformatted text preview: of whom we are thoroughly contemptuous. Also we feel calm
towards those who humble themselves before us and do not gainsay us; we feel that they
thus admit themselves our inferiors, and inferiors feel fear, and nobody can slight any one so
long as he feels afraid of him. That our anger ceases towards those who humble themselves
before us is shown even by dogs, who do not bite people when they sit down. We also feel
calm towards those who are serious when we are serious, because then we feel that we are
treated seriously and not contemptuously. Also towards those who have done us more
kindnesses than we have done them. Also towards those who pray to us and beg for mercy,
since they humble themselves by doing so. Also towards those who do not insult or mock at
or slight any one at all, or not any worthy person or any one like ourselves. In general, the
things that make us calm may be inferred by seeing what the opposites are of those that
make us angry. We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or
respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person a...
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