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party, or the stronger, or both.
As for our own state of mind, we feel confidence if we believe we have often succeeded and
never suffered reverses, or have often met danger and escaped it safely. For there are two
reasons why human beings face danger calmly: they may have no experience of it, or they
may have means to deal with it: thus when in danger at sea people may feel confident about
what will happen either because they have no experience of bad weather, or because their
experience gives them the means of dealing with it. We also feel confident whenever there is
nothing to terrify other people like ourselves, or people weaker than ourselves, or people
than whom we believe ourselves to be stronger - and we believe this if we have conquered
them, or conquered others who are as strong as they are, or stronger. Also if we believe
ourselves superior to our rivals in the number and importance of the advantages that make
men formidable - wealth, physical strength, strong bodies of supporters, extensive territory,
and the possession...
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