How Much Do We Study?

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly." So wrote Thomas Huxley in his book "Technical Education."

This discerning observation on the persistent human trait of mental inertia is well illustrated in the anecdote of a pair of not too studious college boys. They were discussing their plans for the evening. One said, "Let's toss a coin to see what we'll do tonight."

"Very well," said the other; "if the coin turns up heads we'll go to the show; if it turns up tails, we'll go to the basketball game."

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Spirit the Only Basis
May 18, 1946

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