Reading 12 Moral Education
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The practical reason for the limitations imposed by discipline are not so immediately apparent. It seems to imply a violence against human nature, to limit man, to place obstacles in the path of his free development, is this not to prevent him from fulfilling himself? But we have seen that this limitation is a condition of our happiness and moral health. Man, in fact, is made for life in a determinate,limited environment, however extended it may be; the sum total of his life activities is aimed at adapting to this milieu or adapting it to his needs. Thus, the behaviour required of us shares in this same determination. To live is to put ourselves in harmony with the physical world surrounding us and with the social world of which we are members;however extended their realms, they are nevertheless limited. The goals we normally seek are equally delimited, and we are not free to transcend the limits without placing ourselves at odds with nature. At each moment of time, our hopes, our feelings of all sorts must be within bounds. The function of discipline is to guarantee such restraint. If such necessary limits are lacking, if the moral forces surrounding us can no longer contain or moderate our passions, human conduct-being no longer constrained-loses itself in the void, the emptiness of which is disguised and adorned with the specious label of the infinite.