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Full text of "Authority and the individual"

AUTHORITY    AND   THE   INDIVIDUAL

who think day-dreams wholly evil; they are an essen-
tial part of the life of imagination. But when through-
out a long life there is no means of relating them to
reality they easily become unwholesome and even
dangerous to sanity. Perhaps it may still be possible,
even in our mechanical world, to find some real out-
let for the impulses which are now confined to the
realm of phantasy. In the interests of stability it is
much to be hoped that this may be possible, for, if it
is not, destructive philosophies will from time to
time sweep away the best of human achievements. If
this is to be prevented, the savage in each one of us
must find some outlet not incompatible with civilized
life and the happiness of his equally savage neighbour.

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