THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CONTROL

If the question were asked, "What is one great need in the world today?" the answers would undoubtedly vary, but many might rightly answer that the need is for self-control. One definition of "control" is "to exercise restraining or directing influence over;...to curb." This definition shows what we must do for ourselves or for others if we would expect to maintain a standard of obedience to law and order.

A ready consent to generally accepted rules of good conduct and action brings good results. An earnest desire to bring thought into accord with such rules is a step in the right direction. This mental attitude leads to a fuller respect for law and consequently a greater willingness to be more consistently obedient to recognized authority. Then necessarily there follow a larger consideration for the rights of others, less selfishness, and less stubborn resistance to orderliness and harmony.

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