Seeing Man as He Is

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Man , considered from the absolute spiritual standpoint, is perfect, harmonious, and entirely good; but mortal mind suggests to us under various guises a different type of man.

A thoughtless remark by his teacher was the beginning of Henry's development of an inferiority complex. Henry had been much like any other boy of his class. He liked schoolwork and did his homework thoughtfully and joyfully. But one day seemed to be an off day for Henry. The teacher was impatient and irritable, and Henry was restless and inattentive. Finally the teacher became exasperated with his attitude and exclaimed, "Henry, you are a hopelessly stupid boy."

Henry was a sensitive fellow, and this remark rankled. He became resentful toward the teacher and indifferent to his schoolwork. The teacher had more and more occasion to reprimand him for his lack of interest and ability, until finally both the teacher and Henry were convinced that he was a hopeless case. Although Henry managed to get through to the next grade, his reputation had preceded him, and he was regarded as one of the backward pupils of his class.

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The Mother Church Wartime Fund
November 4, 1944

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