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Society is possible only where mutual con To be a social per sideration is shown. son one must be altruistically minded, con sirable. tinually studying another s comfort. I am talking with two or three old friends about some experiences Smith joins us. soon all of our youth, We bursts into laughter. talking, He naturally feels that we have been perceive Manners are devised to stop such shut out and rude. when John and the company except John Smith go on we We leave outside social painful feelings.

Hear of petty annoyances, which a gentle man passes lightly by, serious misfortune is so much a part of the common lot that sympathize in hearing of it and be pleased that they have in this instance escaped. The death of a relative may not improperly put its mark on our very clothing, but it is indecent to speak of our vexations from servants and children. all will Here, then, we see human society repos ing on a widely distributed and systema tized altruism. here the rule. " The man also separate place; the conjunct self on the things of allowed no self is is the only person recognized.

Should honor man as man. Why, then, regard an American sufferer more than a Chinese ? Because he is my countryman. But that rests philanthropy on selfishness and makes the needy person s relation to me of more consequence than his suffering. The no tion of patriotism which masquerades as a virtue should be denounced as a vice. All will recognize in such an argument a valu able protest against narrowness. will accept the principle on which But few it rests. GIFTS All men are not alike. Relation to 53 me does constitute a special moral claim.

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