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character, involving the good will and co-operation of others, the mental attitude is more important than mere manners, however charming or however awkward. Society Applied Neighbor- is marvelously lenient to the ship. "ways" of those people whose hearts are in the right place.
In what spirit ought it to be undertaken? What tacit understanding ought to govern the relation, especially in those clubs whose members strike hands for mutual uplift across the separate parallels which worldly circumstances prescribe? This paper refers especially to clubs of this sort. They are the most important. These are the clubs which bring together in wholesome contact people who would never meet except at opposite ends of a bargain. I say neighborship because I do not mean neighborhood clubs; the clubs I am writing about are most unlikely to draw their members from one neighborhood. They bring into close neighborliness, however, persons whom the ordinary forces of environment, education, and business interests tend to separate, and they bring about a better understanding between persons to whom the good things of this world do not seem equally distributed. As civilization develops, the interdependence of people of widely different circumstance increases, and considerations of mutual welfare are prompted as much by self-preservation as by benevolence. The interests of each would be better served if better understood by both.
N ANY social venture of a personal and thought. There are, nevertheless, as many grounds of meeting as there are different sorts of persons. The real question is, Which side shall pioneer into the undiscovered country that lies between? Plainly the duty of advance lies upon him who has the advantage; that is, with the one who has had sufficient leisure and means to give himself those things which are distinctly recognized as "advantages.' His wider contact with men and books makes him. readier of speech than the man who works silently amid the whir of machinery or the preoccupations of hard labor. Moreover, he has an ease of manner which comes of the consciousness of belonging to the class that sets the fashions in manners (however bad they may be), and he need not doubt his knowledge of the proprieties. If concessions are to be made in the matter of dress, vocabulary, or manner, in order that the approach may be more complete, these concessions should be made by the side that can make them most easily. It is absurd to ask the ignorant to step at once upon the plane which it has taken the educated years of painstaking labor and perhaps three generations" to acquire.
But how can they meet? They are not only strangers to each other, but strangers to each other's habits of life
The difficulties of approach disappear before the actual attempt. Differences are often mainly superficial. They are not nearly so great as is generally supposed by people who know only one side. When they meet people of another sort, whether above or below their own rank, the similarities are more noticeable than the dissimilarities. Most of the blunders made by people in different circumstances in dealing with each other are the result of the slipshod habit of sorting all people
into one or two classes, and asserting as facts broad and unjust generalizations. All such classification is relative, and shifts according to the point of view. We hear a great deal about the dangerous classes," and to many minds the phrase means the poor and uneducated. Have not the poor and uneducated quite as much reason to look upon the rich and educated as dangerous classes unless their education shall include that broader view of the responsibilities of wealth, which for tunately is increasing? The rich and the poor may be divided into separate classes on a property basis, but a classification on moral grounds may present an upper and a lower class, where millionaires and job-laborers stand shoulder to shoulder.
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As her defender did you marching go?
The mind which ignores superficial class distinctions and seeks conclusions of its own, based on inductions made from personal experience, is likely to become more and more removed from unwholesome caste prejudices. If to this mental attitude be added a cordial friendliness which is sympathetic, tender, and forbearing, the product is a man or woman who can find within walking distance of home a world of helpful, heartening work which awaits such and only such workers as he, work which cannot be done by any system of class treatment, however benevolent. It must be done by the individual for the individual. It is upon such neighborliness as this that society must largely depend for the solution of some of its gravest problems. Adelene Moffat.
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