Signs of the Times

[From the Register, Adelaide, South Australia, August 29, 1922]

The really strong and serene mind need not worry about formulas, for its healthy influence is shed almost unconsciously, provided the intention is there. "The Superior Person," as Confucius would say, does not thoughtlessly condole or stupidly crush the pleasure and pride of his fellows. Above all, he—or she—does not perpetually talk scandal. Every one knows how depressing in the long run is the person who, in popular parlance, "never has a good word for any one." . . . A modern manual . . . adds yet one more terror to this particular evildoer, for it says: "If ideas of selfishness, greed, vanity, are continually before our minds there is great danger that we shall subconsciously accept them, and so realize them in our own character. The petty gossip and backbiting, so common in a small town, produce the very faults they seem to condemn." Altogether, it seems, Paul when he asked his followers to think on "whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report" knew a great deal about human mentality.

March 24, 1923

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