Excerpt from The Creighton Quarterly Shadows, Vol. 24: Spring 1933
Of the forces that shape human lives, one of the most potent, perhaps the least suspected, and certainly the last to be ad mitted is the pervasive, unobtrusive pressure of fashion. One wears a hat or leaves it off, not because he is more comfortable one way than the other, but because hats are being worn or dis carded by his associates. A man might be willing and deter mined to spend his last cent to keep out of jail on any known legal indictment, yet prefer to go to jail rather than appear at a formal ball in plus-fours and a sweater. The-re are fashions, too, in things other than clothes; in entertainment, - witness the rise and fall of vaudeville - in politics, in literature, and in the breed of dogs. There are styles even in thought. University students, too, have their own peculiar and ﬂeeting fashions. Some half dozen years ago a vogue of raccoon coats swept through the universities of the land. At about the same time it was modish for a semester or two for students in certain in stitutions of higher learning to commit suicide. Today among some university students in certain sections it is fashonable to scout the idea-of God.
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