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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 5. June 6, 1941



My idea of culture is something more than just a disposition towards art and gentle manners. It is a state of cultivation of the mind according to that integration of qualities and reactions which society holds as most desirable. It is an empirical ideal rather than a standard or a norm. We observe society and note which qualities are considered best and the possession of which will get us round in society with least friction and most satisfaction to ourselves. These are fused together to make the ideal of the cultured human, and culture is the abstracted sum of these qualities.