Thinking To Some Purpose By L Susan Stebbing

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THERE is a belief prevalent among foreigners that we English are illogical. This belief is not confined to foreigners.

Our own statesmen, especially since the Great War, have been proud to proclaim that we shall muddle through, being apparently.

Just as anxious that we should muddle as they are confident that we shall somehow come through. Of this professed pride in our inability to be logical.

I shall select. at the outset, two examples were made to very different assemblies. The first is taken from a speech made by Lord Selborne at the annual festival of the Community of the Resurrection, in 1924.

The Church Times (June 20th) reports: Lord Selborne… referring to the missionary work in South Africa, made some apt remarks about the glorious incapacity for clear thought.

Which is one of the distinguishing marks of our race. It is the cause of our greatest difficulties and has been the secret of some of our greatest successes.

If you say sufficiently often and loudly and clearly that the moment the black man comes in contact with the white man his education has begun, your scoffer at mission work may at last understand.”

One wonders whether the Church Times reporter judged the remarks to be apt because this glorious incapacity was the cause of our greatest difficulties.

Or because it is a glorious incapacity, or because it was the secret of some of our greatest successes. An open secret at least.

Or is it, perhaps, not true that the muddling was a cause of these successes? Is it not odd that an incapacity for clear thought should be deemed glorious?

Further, it is difficult to believe that saying something often and loudly and clearly should end in producing understanding, since, presumably, clearly was used by Lord Selborne to refer to the tone of voice.

The second example is taken from a speech by Mr. (as he then was) Austen Chamberlain, speaking in the House of Commons, on March 24th, 1925.

AuthorL Susan Stebbing
LanguageEnglish
Pages191
PDF Size16.5 MB
CategorySelf Improvement

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