Excerpt from Splinters, Vol. 15: December, 1914
Sympathy is the first sensation which leads people to generosity. In this case it binds us of Rogers Hall together more closely through our effort to help the great suffering abroad. Sympathy has its weakness as Well as its strength. Our regard for others extends more easily to our friends and kindred; but it is not as easily given to those whom we neither know nor care for personally. It is one thing to extend ready sympathy to some case brought to our notice here at home; quite another when the need seems vague and far away.
Besides sympathy, a social sense or common interest is needed to further the cause of social service. In order to have our desire to help reach more than one individual case we must combine with many people having the same desire to do good. Sociability and sympathy, and with them justice, must work together before anyone can perform any true service.
Sympathy is very often an instinct, an inclination, and it sometimes needs control. Justice, on the other hand, implies a capacity for reﬂection, and is a habit of thought that should control inclination. It is far more intellectual than is sympathy, for, if it were not for our sense of justice, we might be led astray by our sympathy.
We must have intelligence to make these three, sympathy, sociability and justice, work together, and it is for this that we are being educated. We too often think of education as a process of acquiring information, but we are wrong in thinking that it is only made up of knowledge of facts; a real education should broaden our sympathies or it has little social value. Is it not evident that to be educated in the true sense we should be conscious of the ideals of sympathy, sociability and justice?
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