Frank talks between an adolescent and his parents often reveal that the adolescent is basically willing to rely on his parents for protection in many situations.
On the ability of individuals to learn to live in harmony with others depends the future of mankind and the world.
Among topics we discussed over lunch was the regrettable habit film directors then had of altering the plot of a novel to suit themselves, to the extent even of changing a sad ending into a happy one.
The scientist and the theologian approach the deep questions of existence from utterly different starting points. Science is based on careful observation and experiment enabling theories to be constructed which connect different experiences. Regularities in the workings of nature are sought which hopefully reveal the fundamental laws that govern the behavior of matter and forces. Central to this approach is the willingness of the scientist to abandon a theory if evidence is produced against it.
And since the kings were more likely than the farmers to influence world events and to have biographies written about them, what we know of history has been largely shaped by the careers of famous men.
I do not consider that making no mistake is a blessing. I have erred once, but I shall not make the same mistake again. Nothing is gained by wasting time in regretting mistakes. It much better to employ that time in analyzing and correcting what is wrong. The greatness of man dose not lie in his being faultless. Error is sometimes inevitable. The real virtue of man lies in recognizing that faults can be set right and in striving to correct them.
To write about human aggression is a difficult task because the term is used in so many different senses. Aggression is one of those words which everyone knows, but which are nevertheless hard to define. One difficulty is that there is no clear dividing line between those forms of aggression which we all deplore and those which we must not disown if we are to survive.
Yet it is a very plain and elementary truth that the life, the fortune, and the happiness of everyone of us, and more ore less, of those who are connected with us, do depend upon our knowing something of the rules of a game infinitely more difficult than chess.
It might be said that every dictionary is the dictionary of a dead language. No matter how fast and how thorough a dictionary-maker may be, by the time he has gathered his words, written descriptions of them, and published his book, old words will have changed and new ones will have come into being.