Exiting BLUE — DQ/er
"I shall open my conception with a short
statement which will lay before you the basic facts of what a
conception of mature behaviour should be. The statement will be
about the assignment, that we have been doing in class and the facts
of my conception.
1. This class has been the worst o what I feared
I would run into in college. It has been nothing but empty-headed
theorizing and muddle-headed hemming and hawing. why we have to
spend four weeks talking about what proper instruction would cover
in one good lecture I don't know.
2. It seems to me that it would be far more
efficient for the facts of mature personality to be presented and
then cover how to achieve it along with what happens if one does
not. [Note the subtly challenging reference to authority]
3. Several times I have asked why such nonsense
is allowed, why the time is being utterly wasted and why the
instructor will not tell us what mature personality is.
4. Therefore, at the risk of incurring the
instructor's displeasure, sir, my conception is what any clear
thinking person knows mature personality is.
The Mature Personality
1. The mature personality is the clear thinking
person who makes decision s on the basis of fact. The mature foes
not let emotion overrule his reason.
2. The mature personality thinks about the things
that are important, not about a lot of muddle-headed abstractions.
He stands for the tried and true and against those who through their
muddle-headed thinking would question the established purposes and
virtue of man.
3. The mature personality does not go off on
tangents, he is clearly focused.
4. The mature personality is loyal, he respects
those who know better.
5. The mature personality has "his reach
beyond his grasp." He works hard, he does not waste time, he
knows that reward should come only from effort.
6. The mature personality sees to it he is known
by his deeds, what he does, not what is said and he knows that it is
right for him to do so.
7. The mature personality lives by the rules of
proper living and requires that all others do so lest there be
8. The mature personality seeks always to better
himself, he is never satisfied with half measures.
9. The mature accepts the laws for living because
it is only through their existence that one can be free.
10. The mature has goals in life, he is not
hampered in his goal seeking or decisions by uncertainties. He knows
where he is going.
11. The mature is open-minded. He listens to all
sides so that when he makes a decision he has all the information
necessary to make the best decision, the one he knows is right.
12. The mature personality is he who achieves on
his own, through his own efforts, by following the established
13. The mature personality is one who respects
the established order in life. He is one who knows that established
order does exist and he is one who strives always to know and to
guide his life by that established order.
14. The mature personality is respectful of his
duty and he does it. If he does not subscribe to what is being done
he seeks to achieve the position where he can institute right.
15. The mature has the will to work. He does not
waste time, he always finds something worthwhile to do.
16. The mature controls his thinking. He keeps
his mind on what he wants and off what he should not think about.
17. The mature strives to express only positive
emotions -- he uses negative emotions only to handle the evil in the
world such as war or crime which he may need to hate so as to kill
18. The mature uses up surplus energy in work not
in frivolity or sex or drinking or eating or the like.
19. The mature is undaunted by failure or
misfortune. He believes success comes to he who keeps trying
whatever his troubles may be. Every adversity has a benefit.
20. The mature is a master of his attitudes. He
directs his thoughts and ordains through self-direction how to
control his destiny.
21. The mature separates fact from fiction,
fantasy from reality.
22. The mature believes the greatest value in
life is to master the negative and animal emotions so as to do good
for people even if they cannot or will not do good for themselves.
23. And finally -- whatever the mature has
accomplished he recognizes it is not enough. To do right he must set
his standards high and seek ever and ever to achieve more, so the
best be better."