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TWELFTH TALK            225

should certainly remain no desire for the lower. It
is quite as ridiculous as it would be for a big boy
still to cling to the dolls and bricks of his tiny child-
hood ; but still there is a very strong illusion all
round us.   Public opinion, you know, is a very
tremendous force, and the fact that, all round us,
there are thousands of people all following these
objects of desire makes it very difficult to keep the
fact clear before us, that these thing's are really of no
importance.  The constant pressure of the opinion
that they are the only things worth living for makes
it quite difficult for us to hold on to the truth, even
though we know it. Even though every one of us
would subscribe to it quite heartily, yet in practice
we are swayec^ more or less by the weight of common
thought around us. When you recognise that and
are on your guard against it, you have a better
chance of fighting it. That pressure is absolutely
insistent, there is not the slightest change in it; it
goes on always, night and day, this pressure of
public opinion, and though we should not yield to
it for a moment, if we recognised it, we are most
of us unconsciously swayed by it.  Therefore, in
spite of our knowledge, it is not quite so simple
as it ought J:o be to put aside the worldly point
of view.  It can be done, but it is not so easy,
because we are very few as yet who take that line,
and there are very many who take the other. He