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the best of all ways, and her face the
most beautiful. She sincerely believes this,
being a woman. Hey presto ! she immedi-
ately adopts for her own comfort the
pleasant belief that she can do no greater
service to her intended victim than to
impoverish and to enslave him so that he
may learn the joy of looking on her face
and appreciating her nobility and beauty.



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THE female soul is inexperienced in the
use of force. Throughout the ages it has
sought and gained its ends by craft. It
understands, therefore, less how to employ,
than to submit to, force. The laws of force
are the only laws that woman constantly
respects and fears. The soul of Germany
is making an almost original experiment
to-day. For the first time in many centuries
it is administering a power to which hitherto
it has been subject. If the soul of Ger-
many were masculine, Germany might
win the war: for the male soul is expert
hi the use of force, and understands its
limitations understands, in particular,
exactly how far the power of physical
compulsion may safely invade the territory
of spiritual resistance. The female soul

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is absolutely unaware of any such limita-
tions: and the femininity of Germany's
controlling ego has long since plunged
the nation into cardinal mistakes in
ignorance. To cite a conspicuous example,
there is her harsh treatment of Belgium.
A masculine nation is too wise to ill-use a
people it has subjugated, for experience
has taught the souls of men that while
the body may be overcome with compara-
tive ease by the brutal pressure of a stronger
body, the spirit of the conquered cannot
be propitiated to accept defeat except by
kindness. Thus it was that after the South
African War had ended in England's favor,
England hastened to exalt the Boers,
and spared neither pains nor treasure to
convince them of his sorrow for their sad
estate and of his genuine desire to salve
their wounded feelings. That was sound
masculine policy a policy which confessed
recognition of the psychological truth that
a persecuted nation acquires resources, by
virtue of its persecution, against which

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the physical might of its oppressors must
contend in vain. It is pure womanly to
persecute. If the soul of Germany had been
masculine but the hypothesis need not
be further pressed: for it is evident that,
had the soul of Germany been masculine,
there could not have been this war.



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XXIV

LOVE and Fear are the two original and
elemental passions of the soul. All others
are derived from one or both of them.
Hate is Love perverted. Cruelty is the
child of Fear. Germany so loved the outer
world that she desired to make its inde-
pendent parts incorporate in her: and,
encountering resistance, her avaricious
love was changed to hate. She complains
now that she has no friend in ah 1 the uni-
verse, and fear has made her cruel. She
is terrible because she is afraid. For a
like reason the Turks exterminate the
Armenians. They are afraid. Courage
springs from confidence. Courage is in-
capable of cruelty. Those who are confi-
dent must be courageous: those who are
courageous must be kind. Be of good cheer,
little Belgium. Germany tortures thee
because her soul trembles before thee.
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XXV

Mulier recte olet ubi nihil olet Germany,
thou diffusest too many odors that are
strong and suffocating. Every lust has its
peculiar perfume. The lust of thy cupidity
smells odiously. But what is that subtle
and intoxicating reek which emanates
from thy sandals and the hem of thy robe,
and which makes thy subjects reel like
drunken monsters when thou stretchest
forth thy hands? Is it not the stench of
blood?

Germany, go cleanse thyself! Put
away thy filthy lusts! Take off thy san-
guinary decorations and lave thy body in
the waters of repentance. Come to us
smelling sweetly of nothing save thy
womanliness and all the world will pardon
thee. Come to us meekly and nakedly
and humbly and all the world will love
thee.



In the speech of Juvenal, I send thee
this counsel and this prayer: Empower
us to admire thee and not what is thine
or what thou covetest.

Miremur te non tua.



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