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WHAT IS A HUSBAND WORTH EMOTIONALLY?
NIX! EMOTION MAKES A BOG OF SOUL
BY NIXOLA-GREELEY SMITH.
What is a husband worth emotion
The answer varies according to the
percentage of emotion in the wife's
If she is of the new and admirable
type whicm strikes a balance of fifty
fifty between mind AND heart, then
he is the most blessed among his
kind! But we know that of the earth's
vast surface nearly three-fourths is
water less than" one-fourth tillable
soil. And so is the nature of the evolv
ed woman. She is three-fourths water
that is to say emotion, sentiment
and less than one part mind land!
I don't want to underestimate the
value of emotion. Life needs irriga
tion, and emotions supply that need.
Without them, our days would stretch
long and parched and dusty to the
end. No graces would bloom in themv
No great virtues, no heroic actions
would send their perfume down the
breeze of Time.
Into every heart must fall the fresh
ening showers of tears and laughter
and love. The mind is not a good
guide, left to itself. It is treacherous,
volatile, unfaithful. No human mind
is ever wholly true to any other mind.
Persons who are all brain never have
any morals, any compunctions. Emo
tions irrigate the spirit, keep it fresh,
fertile and sweet. But too much emo
tion makes a dark bog of a woman's
A husband is an anchor to a wo
man's heart, a receivings-station for
those wireless messages which tra
verse the finer ether of her spirit.
It is well for every womans' heart
to be anchored but not to be becalm
ed. And unfortunately, the hearts of
both men and women are often, be
calmed by marriage.
Not for them the far horizon, the
flight of sea-gulls across the sunset
They are becalmed by monotony and
jxo bright breeze, g. ad venture, wp
ever swell the drooping sails of the
bark in which they are adrift to
gether. Marriage has deadly storms but
far deadlier calms. Beware of them!
It is far better to quarrel about the
lamb chops than to agree coldly and
indifferently that nothing is worth
quarreling about any more.
We are here, each one of us, serv
ing a life sentence to joy or sorrow.
Imprisoned each one in one solitary
cell of consciousness, the narrow pris
on of the inescapable Ego. We reach
out and tap a message of love and
sympathy to the man or woman in
the next cell. And if he hears and
answers each cell blossoms with love
and unselfishness, patience and un
derstanding. It is to keep from being
selfish that we should marry. It is
because he is the most utterly selfish
heing on earth that a confirmed bach
elor is such a pitiable object. Wo
man's instinct of dedication of serv
ice keeps the spinster sweet. But the
old bachelor lives for himself alone.
He has no emotions and his life is
one long Sahara.
Love in human life has the value
of sunshine and freshening showers.
It keeps the hilltops green and the
valley productive. When a husband
stands for love in a woman's life
and women are so constitutionally
faithful that he generally does, he is
worth a very great deal emotionally.
But not worth honor and self-respect
and the xight to look your children in
the face knowing that you have never
been defiled by a divided love.
And that is the price which women
who are three-parts emotion often
pay for a husband. -He is never
(The next article in this series is
by Max Nordau, the famous German
author and satirist, defending the
value of the husband compared wjth
that of the wife.)
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