FOURTEENTH TALK 277
Well, that is fairly obvious. Of course, a child, a
pupil, or a servant, is placed in your charge because you
are older and wiser. If you do not tell him of any faults
he commits, then he is losing the advantage of your
age and wisdom and experience ; therefore you are so
far failing in your duty towards him, failing to do that
which you were placed there to do.
He says :
Except in such cases, mind your own business, and
learn the virtue of silence.
It does not seem difficult to mind your own busi-
ness, but very few people can do itóremarkably few.
Of course you can see exactly what is meant, that
the general attitude of tolerance and goodwill
should replace what is so painfully common at
present, the attitude of interference and criticism.
If a person is seen doing something quite unusual,
I am afraid many people come to the conclu-
sion that he has some nefarious reason for doing
so. It does not at all follow. He may have his
own private reasons, and anyhow, unless he is doing
something clearly wrong and interfering with others,
let him go his way and do what he will. You see,
like some of our other common faults of the present
day, this cpmes largely from an excess of our Fifth-
Race and Fifth-sub-race qualities. We are develop-
ing the qualities of the lower mind, and that, carried
to excess, makes us in this FifttrSub-race liable to
be aggressive and combative and argumentativeó