We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.
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- All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.
- Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.
- But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
- All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.
- According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people’s education, must serve that end exclusively.
- Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation.