Monday, April 21, 2008

Teach him the study of men...

“The time has fully come when each child should be made ready for life’s battle beforehand, and taught how to armor himself against the tournament. When the schools have trained the child to use tools, given the tongue skill in speaking and the mind skill in thinking, it remains to teach him the study of men, the peculiarities of each of the five temperaments; the nature and number of the animal impulses; the use of the social and industrial impulses; the control of the acquisitive and the spiritual powers. For man’s carriage of himself in the presence of fire and forest is the least of his duties. That which will tax him and distress, and perhaps destroy him, will be the carriage of his faculties midst all the clash and conflict, the din and battle of market and street. And midst all the strife, this is to be his ideal – to bear himself toward his enemies and towards his friends, after the pattern of Him who “makes his sun to shine upon the evil and the good, His rain to fall upon the just and the unjust.”

N.W.Hillis - Painter M.L. Walker

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