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38              Elementary Morality


Going to your doctor is having such a row with your cells
that you refer them to your solicitor. Sometimes you, as it
were, strike against them and stop their food, when they go
on strike against yourself. Sometimes you file a bill in
Chancery against them and go to bed.


We may find an argument in favour of priests if we con-
sider whether man is capable of doing for himself in respect
of his moral and spiritual welfare (than which nothing can|
be more difficult and intricate) what it is so clearly better for
him to leave to professional advisers in the case of his money
and his body which are comparatively simple and unim-