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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938


Everyone reading these words was once an embryo. Knowing nothing of the complex, headlong universe outside. Since then, many matches have been struck, many meals digested. The conveyor belt has turned through many automatic days.

Look around you. Those others are different from yourself. The minds of each are separate and distinct. For each has known different days and ways. As you have known them.

And each is unique. Like a finger-print.

In the teeming head of every human being is an intricate structure of ideas. And all of them, every single one, has been acquired. Somehow or other. Many may be new permutations, new inductions, but even they, at root, were socially acquired.

In brief—the human mind is essentially a social product.