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March 28, 1931


Author Affiliations

Secretary of the Interior WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1931;96(13):994-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390004002

Probably one of the highest compliments that can be given is to say that a man has good common sense, or to say that the people of a nation are sane and stable. All recognize to some degree the eternal conflicts between the emotions and the intelligence. These conflicts may be seasonal. They are associated with certain periods of life and they are fundamental in determining one's happiness, achievements and personality. From a national standpoint there is the most persistent evidence of the interrelations and interplay between intelligence and emotions.

Human behavior in the mass determines our successes or our failures as a nation. Politically, many of us at all times, and all of us at some times, act like the proverbial college sophomore. As an observing senator has said: "Our greatest safety is our organization by states, for not more than a dozen states are apt to go haywire

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