THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
criticism is just or unjust. If just, he must learn to accept
and act upon it; if unjust, he must learn to classify the
critic as unreasonable, thoughtless or ill-natured, place him
in the appropriate mental compartment, throw the criticism
into the intellectual waste-basket and proceed upon his
way. This practice, difficult at first, will, if assiduously
cultivated, become more and more automatic, and will ma
terially modify a fruitful source of worry.
We all make mistakes sometimes, and we may expect
criticism. The man who does nothing at all may escape
criticism, but such as he never contribute anything to the
world's progress. The point is not to allow criticism to
drive one's mind in on itself. Criticism is healthy if taken
in the right spirit. It can be classified and used or rejec
ted as the chooses. It is not the criticism that hurts; it is
the way it is taken.
Endeavor always to talk your best before your children.
They hunger perpetually for new ideas. They will learn
with pleasure from the lips of parents what they deem it
drudgery to study in books. And even if they have the
misfortune to be deprived of many educational advantages,
they will grow up intelligent if they enjoy in childhood the
privilege of recipient listening daily to the conversation of
We sometimes see parents who are the life of every com
pany which they enter, dull, silent and uninteresting at
home among their children. A silent home is a dull place
for young people a place from which they will escape if
How much more useful information, :n the other hand,
is often given in pleasant family conversation, and what
unconscious but excellent mental training is lively social
argument! Cultivate to the utmost the graces of conversation.
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