Excerpt from Safe and Healthy Living: Doing Your Best for Health
One day, more than two thousand years ago, a teacher and his pupils were talking together, just as you talk with your teacher in class. The teacher, whose name was Plato, was talking about goodness and beauty. He asked his pupils this question: To him who has an eye to see is there any lovelier sight than a person in whom a beautiful soul is united with a beautiful body? And one of his pu pils answered him, saying, There can be none so lovely.
Plato and his pupils lived in a country called Greece. Is there a map in your geography book that shows this country? Look at it closely. How big is it compared with other countries? The people who lived in the little country of Greece loved beauty. By beauty they meant what we mean when we speak of making the most of ourselves. It was not necessary to have a beautiful face and form. Not many people are born with perfect features and perfectly shaped bodies. But the people of Greece thought that the bodies of boys and girls could be trained to be healthy and strong and straight. They thought that the minds of boys and girls could be trained to love the true and hate the false, to seek knowledge, to show courage, and to be gentle and'kind. Is not this what we mean by making the most of ourselves?
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