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Tokugawa Ieyoshi was the 12th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

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Yoritomo-Tashi's

Common Sense How to Exercise It

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Announcement - Preface - Common Sense: What Is It? - The Fight Against Illusion - The Development of the Reasoning Power - Common Sense and Impulse - The Dangers of Sentimentality - The Utility of Common Sense in Daily Life - Power of Deduction - How to Acquire Common Sense - Common Sense and Action - The Most Thorough Business Man - Common Sense and Self-Control - Common Sense Does Not Exclude Great Aspirations - Contents -


 

LESSON V

THE DANGERS OF SENTIMENTALITY

The Shogun says: "There are sentimentalities of many kinds, some present less dangers than others, but from every point of view they are prejudicial to the acquisition and exercise of common sense. To cultivate sentiment over which the Will has no control is always to be regretted.

"Sentimentality is multiform.

"It presents itself, at times, under the aspect of an obscure appeal to sensuality and brings with it a passing desire of the heart and of the senses, which produces an artificial appreciation of the emotion felt.

"In this first case sentimentality is an unconscious manifestation of egotism, because, outside of that which provokes this outward manifestation, everything is alienated and becomes indistinct.

"The incidents of existence lose their true proportion, since everything becomes relative to the object because of our preoccupation.

"The impulse reigns supreme there when sentimentality

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