There is only one loyalty for the educator and physician: that to the living in the child and the patient. If this loyalty isstrictly adhered to, the great questions of ‘foreign politics’ also find their simple solution.This ‘Talk’ does not imply that one should make it the pattern of one’s existence. It describes storms in the emotionallife of a productive, happy individual. It does not want a, convince or win anybody. It pictures experience as a painting pictures a thunderstorm. The reader is not asked to like it. He may read it or not. It does not contain any intentions or programmes. All it wants to do is to win for the researcher and thinker the right to personal reaction, which one hasnever denied, to the poet or philosopher. It is a protest against the secret and unrecognized intention of the emotional plague to shoot its poison arrows at the hard-working researcher, from a safe ambush. It shows what the emotional plague is, how it functions and retards progress. It also attests to the confidence in the tremendous un-mined treasures,which lie in the depth of human nature: ready to be put in the service of fulfilling human hopes. working researcher, froma safe ambush. It shows what the emotional plague is, how it functions and retards progress. It also attests to theconfidence in the tremendous un-mined treasures, which lie in the depth of human nature: ready to be put in the serviceof fulfilling human hopes.The living, in its social and human interrelationship, is naively kindly and thus, under prevailing conditions, endangered.It assumes that the fellow human also follows the laws of the living and is kindly, helpful and giving. As long a. then is theemotional plague, this natural basic attitude that of the healthy child or the primitive, becomes the greatest danger in thestruggle for a rational order of life. For the plague individual also ascribes to his fellow beings the characteristics of hisown thinking and acting. The kindly individual believes that all people are kindly and act accordingly. The plagueindividual believes that all people lie, swindle, steal and crave power. Clearly, then, the living is at a disadvantage and indanger. Where it gives to the plague individual it is sucked dry and then derided or betrayed; and where it trusts it ischeated.That’s the way it has always been. It is time for the living a, become hard when hardness is needed in the struggle for its safeguarding and development; in doing so, it will not lose its kindness if it sticks to the truth courageously. There ishope in the fact that, among millions of industrious, decent individuals then an always only just a few pestilential individualswho cause murderous mischief by appealing to the dark nod dangerous impulses in the structure of the armored massindividual and lend them to organized political murder. There is only one antidote to the germs of the emotional plaguein the mass individual: his own feeling of living life. The living dots not ask for power but for its proper role in human life.It is based on the three pillars of love, work and knowledge He who has to protect the living against the emotional plague has to learn to use the right to free speech as we enjoy it in America at least as well for the good as the emotional plague misuses it for the bad. Granted equal right in the depression of opinion, the rational finally must win out. This isan important hope.
Listen, Little Man!
They call you ‘Little Man’, ‘Common Man’; they say a new era has begun, the ‘Era of the Common Man’. It isn’tyou who says so, Little Man. It is they, the Vice Presidents of great nations, promoted labor leaders, repentant sons of bourgeois families, statesmen and philosophers. They give you your future but don’t ask about your past.You are heir to a dreadful past. Your heritage is a burning diamond in your hand. That’s what I tell you.Every physician, shoemaker, mechanic or educator must know his shortcomings if he is to do his work and make hisliving. For some decades, you have begun to play a governing role on this earth. It is on your thinking and your actionsthat the future of humanity depends. But your teachers and masters do not tell you how you ready think end are;nobody damn to voice the one criticism of you which could make you capable of governing your own fate. You are‘free’ only in one sense-free from education in governing your life yourself, free from self-criticism.