PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

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CHAPTER XI
A Synthetic Philosophy of Living
What is needed more than anything else to give form and an object to the material of which human life is made up is a philosophy sufficiently inclusive to find a place and significance for the various psychological types, so that even those activities which at first sight appear to be irrelevant to the mainngs of strivihumanity, may be seen to take their place as integral parts of the vast whole. It has been said that what is usually known as ' technical ' philosophy helps little in giving this background of metaphysics to everyday life ; its realities are said to be too remote and its diagrams too tidy, to have much relation with our restless, puzzled and chaotic lives. But this, which is not by any means an unpopular opinion, shows a complete misunderstanding of the purposes and the conclusions of the philosophers. Their long chains of reasonings may indeed seem of little account amid the chatter and hubbub of the market-place, but even the average man is influenced in his outlook and his conduct by the ideas which, born of the limitless arguments in the schools, have in some way managed to percolate through to his mind. ' All that we are is the result of what we have thought.' The language in which the thought is originally couched may be involved and abstract, but this is necessitated by the demands of accuracy and does not detract in the least from its potency and effectiveness. It is not the purpose of this chapter to delve into the thought of the past or to enter into long processes of ratiocination, but rather to suggest
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