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EDUCATION IN MOVEMENT                    127


The final object of such exercises is the perfecting of the indi-
vidual who practises them. But the ways which open up and lead
to new possibilities are multitudinous; the individual who has gone
far forward along the path leading to perfection becomes capable
of many things and perfection is not barren of practical results.

The child who has become master of his actions through long
and repeated exertion, and who is satisfied through the employ-
ment of those motor acts of his which he has used in such
interesting and pleasing fashion, is a child rilled with joy and health,
who is distinguished by his calmness and his discipline.

He has also prepared himself to acquire many practical accom-
plishments. His body is ready to respond to musical vibrations;
he is admirably prepared for rhythmical gymnastics. In the second
stage, music does not continue to be an indifferent incitement to
effort, but becomes an inner director of movements which are
obedient to its rhythm.

Let us review matters. These little ones of ours are prepared
for entering a sacred building, where silence and stillness are obli-
gatory for those who are worthy to enter it. You see them there
paying attention to the movements of every muscle. They can
walk about without making a noise, stand up and sit down, carry
chairs without disturbing the peace of the holy place. We certainly
do not say that the child is religious because he does this, but in
practice he is ready to enter with dignity into the place where
religion is practised. He is a child refined and perfected and there-
fore he is capable of entering upon every road which may lead to
his advancement.


Those conquerors of themselves are also conquerors of liberty,
for there disappear from their constitutions so many disorderly
and ignorant tendencies which of necessity place children under