88 THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD rise to graver consequences in the future. The gentleman who has too many servants not only becomes more and more completely their dependent and their slave, but his muscles weaken through lack of exercise and at last lose their natural power of action. The mind of anyone who, in order to get what he needs, does not work but gives orders atrophies and grows weak. In such a manner do we inoculate the mind of childhood with the deadly sin of laziness. Supposing that one day, his mind having been suddenly en- lightened, the man accustomed to be served should wish to regain his independence, he would perhaps discover that he no longer possessed the strength needed to be independent. These criticisms ought to be made known to parents of the privileged classes, Just in proportion as it is useless, assistance forms an impedi- ment to the development of natural strength. The danger of servility is not confined to the useless waste of life which leads to helplessness, but includes the development of reactions which also are characterized by perversion and lack of strength, and may be compared with the outbursts of the hysterical person or the convulsions of the epileptic. They are the actions of unbridled power. Such violent exhi- bitions of strength run parallel with lack of strength; they rise from the rage which springs from laziness. Let us imagine a skilful and sensible workman, not only capable of producing much excellent work but of exercising a healthy influence in his workshop by the calm judgment with which he manages everything. Often he will act as a peace-maker, be the one who smiles when others are in a bad temper. It would not, however, astonish us to learn that at home this workman scolds his wife if the soup is not tasty enough or is not ready in time, or to find that he readily breaks out into anger. At home he is no longer the skilful operator; the skilful worker is the wife who serves him and who pities him. Here we have then an example of a man who is calm where he is the master of his work, and is overbearing where he is waited upon. Perhaps if he learnt how to prepare soup he might become a perfect man.