Analytical Philosophy and the Study of Art by Arnold Isenberg

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But now the point is being driven much nearer the bone, and the dream is doing just what George was always afraid of in accepting "God's will": revealing the latter as very much opposed to the wishes of the "too young" man in George. George does indeed realize in the dream that it would be dangerous not to obey the command to kill the young man but he is very ambivalent about it. , par. 673. page_66 Page 67 wears an expression which we know all too well from our patients as one of sentimental resignation.

After several years of being a lecturer, he acquired a peculiar kind of ill-fitting, professorial persona which he always produced at the wrong moment. He would suddenly address a luncheon party, for instance, as if it were a class of small boys. He was well over Fifty before he overcame the disadvantages of his early experience. Naturally, when we grow up and have to adapt and even earn our living by means of the way we can fit ourselves into our environment, the building up of a suitable persona becomes vitally important, but how it goes on strengthening is much the same as in childhood.

No doubt, as he returned to civilization, his persona built up again, but for a time there was no trace of it. A similar change has been noticed by other people who have met their friends coming from long periods of isolation. The development of the persona forms an important part in education. You can see this particularly clearly in the English public schools, where it isor, at any rate, was in my generationfar more important to become a "gentleman" than to pass examinations with credit. The boy who will not take on the "old school tie" ideal is, or was, more or less an outcast from the beginning.

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