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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 53

Results of Education

Results of Education.

For the wise man knows that Education

(1.) To the Subject—person should secure immunity
(a)Physically—from "Weakness and Disease, except in the comparatively page 14 rare instances of hereditary disease and unavoidable accident (if, indeed, such latter contingency exist.)
(b)Mentally—from Error (errare, to wander), and therefore from indiscretion.
(c)Morally—from Selfishness, that root of all unhappiness. "For there is no other sin but selfishness; it is the great root of Sin, from which all others branch out." And "the road to happiness is self-denial."

(2.) To the Parent—ought to ensure freedom from Grief (and therefore from all correresponding unhappiness), for what might otherwise be physical, mental, or moral failures on the part of his offspring, and thus freedom from remorse for any laches on his part which would otherwise accrue from having neglected them.

(3) To Tub State—cannot fail to tend to an avoidance of National Humiliation in time of war or civil commotion; and of Poverty, Disease, and Competitive Inferiority, with other States always; and also of Legislative and Administrative errors, and of that Social and Commercial Licentiousness which are the precursors of decadence. Thus should accrue to

The Educated Person—the acme of desire—contentment (the significant meaning of which word, by the way, from con and teneo—"a state contained within limits"—hence having the desire limited by present enjoyment, is now-a-days virtually lost sight of.) For "the greatest wealth is contentment with a little." In other words, "You have plenty of this world's goods if with your little you have contentment. If you have not contentment, you can never have enough of anything." Nor can I advance a better illustration of my meaning than Goldsmith's village preacher—

"A man he was to all the country dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a year."

The Parentsatisfaction—(satis—enough —factum — being done, thereby indicating a sense of having done euough.)

The Stateprosperity—(pro spero—a condition in accordance with hope.)

Which is, of course, all either the educated person, the parent, or the State can by any possibility desire or expect to obtain in this i fe under any known conditions.