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Yet, from the experience I have had of the thing, I
suppose everybody who pays any attention to animals
must be misrepresenting the animals^ ideas and motives
all the time. Wfien you really find out why an
animal thinks in a particular way, you discover that
it is for reasons which you would never have thought
of at all.

If that occurs with animals, whose lines of thought
are few and simple, it is much more likely to be so
when we come to deal with men. We are nearer to
the human being of course, and in that way we are
less likely to misunderstand. But I doubt very much
whether any human being ever understands another
human being at all. It is very true, strange as it
may sound, tBat we are all of us isolated, that each
stands by himself. There is another way in which
it is true that we arc a mighty brotherhood ; yet, as
far as our minds are coiiccrned, each lives in a tower
of his own, and the circumference of his conscious-
ness touches the circumference of another man's
consciousness only at a point, and doubtfully and
uncertainly at that. An attempt really to under-
stand the motives of another man, and to follow him
out in his line of reasoning, is very unlikely to be
correct; therefore the least we can do is to give the
man the benefit of the doubt. Most people have a
good deal of good in them; most people are on the
whole muth better than you think. I have had to
move among the worst specimens of humanity down