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Tie The family tie means something. The of country means something. I know the habits of thought, the half-conscious turns of feeling, of my own people. In understanding a person of another nation I go about so far, and then run up against a brick wall, beyond which all is blind. This measure of possible understanding is the measure of duty. Knowledge forms one of the two conditions of giving grounded in the nature of the giver. Such are the conditions which the mind would set upon giving. ern mod Our ALTRUISM 54 fathers paid little attention to them.

That tur bulent ego is the chief obstacle to society. Better give up much that is of value if we can thus be brought to conduct which shows consideration for all around. The other part of the aim of manners, self-expression, is subordinate though de Living alone, we are small; in contact with our fellow men, we enlarge ourselves. Trouble is worth taking for such a purpose. But there are dangers. Society is possible only where mutual con To be a social per sideration is shown. son one must be altruistically minded, con sirable.

Suggestions are rejected, we are helpless. Such is Kant s extreme theory. But has he gone far enough? Have I any more I certainly ability to impart a pleasure? cannot pick up a pleasure and put it into another person, regardless of how it will There must be co-operation. The receiver may turn it into either plea sure or pain. Kant s objection applies with be received. nearly equal force against the giving of In both cases we merely pro pleasures. vide material, subject to acceptance or re proved use jection, material which has ful in many previous cases.

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