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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA ISL CA TE (Sunshine Psychology Service) ~e you flEDITOR'Sp P NOTE--This article was written before the Chicago boy passes a given point. He. whistles. The rest of "his gang" ml~d~al[Ylbn~'-~'Ls tes nets a er representatives reached Avalon It is part of a series of him on another street corner ~:_ . articles that we have been printing on the study of hmnan motive. A " most be s were drilled in the necessity for riches'~,~,t. . Thlrty years ago y :~.~v~ baseball diamond is an excellent place to study human action. Watcho:..k : .... I,h t:n~, i~ i en e and newer Their education was most" [ . .......... , ..... S .nflu C r e 1rol that fielder go for that ball. He looks nesther to the right nor left. ~,'~'~ "~-,,re* "he choice of eu-honious words and the control of thdr~ His eye is on the ball, The catcher's eye is on the ball, too. Note.: .- --s ...... . . . ....................... bodms. They were taught to "mask" their facial expressions. ,,T.he~what now quiCKly players cnange tnelr minas, iXlaKlng aeel$1ons io throw ....... g.-;~nF tkntJ, men became in the use of 'smooth words, the|ere ar the ball to "home" or "first." Without the motive to WIN there is no more r~'a~i'cll'~'t'he~"acnu'-ired the concealing, mask of the "poker face.'~!pictur progressive organization of human effort.) Now, their ~intent'ions TM are not easily detected. In the sub-conscio~S~s of HERE IS A STUDY" mind lie the actions of the past. ~ch the "-- The modern psychologist is directing his attention to "things d Motive--self expression~its urge ! 7~ A stone "wants to be" a stone. A tree "wants to be" a tree. A fish "wants to be" a fish. And a Man "wants to he" a MAN! It was after one of our flying boat trips to an altitude of 5,000" feet that we concluded the greatest problems confronting the "younger generation" were those of TIME, SPACE, MOTION and MOTIVE. The roar of the big Liberty motor had deafened our ears, the air currents had dimmed our eyes, and, as the flying-craft zoomed close to the water, it appeared to us that "everything was chasing the other." The anchored fishing launches of the bay seemed to be moving. That was an optical illusion! The flying craft was carrying us through SPACE. Science should be investigation of the unknown, in the flying boat we were cognizant of Time, Space and Motion. Our motive was to learn more about these "abstract things." Time (to us) meant that the propeller and the engine were work- ins methodically. Space was that region in which we were operating, and Motion was the "speed" at which the flying craft traveled to over- come the "law of gravitation." In considering "things" of abstract or metaphysical world it is necessary to search for their "hidden meanings"--intentions thatareex- pressed without words. That, we will admit, is not quite as easy as "dropping out of the clouds" and landing on the picturesque little bay of Avalon. Ouspensky, in his book, "Tertium Organum," says: "At present, in our human language we can speak about 'time' by hints only. Its true essence is inexpressible for us. We lack the necessary words ..... we have no verbal forms, strictly speaking, for the expression of these relations which are new to us, and some other quite new forms--not verbal--are indispen- sible. The language for the temporal relations must be a lan- guage without verbs. New parts of speech are necessary. An infinite nmnber of new words." . Before we can penetrate the mysteries of time, space and motion, must we first solve the problem of human motive? One of the most gruesome stories we have ever read was a story in which the author did not use one word of conversation or dialogue for his characters. The "villain" in the story was drowned; dragged under an oily-surfaced water, slowly, by a giant oetupus that seized him by tbe feet. The "hero," suddenly regretting that he had thrown his antagonist into the water, immediately plunged in after him. He, too, was drowned. What "motive" there was in the writer's imagination for drowning the "hero" was never made clear Yet, that story, without any con- versation, was interesting. In conversation some men do not express their thoughts. They speak, answer questions, etc., but there is always a guarded attitude; words not-spoken--a mental reservation. This type of men speak not what they think;~hut they utter words that convey to the imagination of their listene~rs ideas that are entirely different. Such a man desires to make a "good' impression" on the "ears" of his listener, but the motive for choosing the words of speech may never be revealed to his closest friend. .. The intent with which an act is done is the motive for making the action. That furnishes the stimulus for the definite purpose, and these impulses are forced through our various emotions to cause ACTIVITY, or at least such part of the motive as the person wishes to reveal. The act can be one of "Love," but the motive operating in the imagination of the person can be a deep-seated'hatred; a scheme to gain power and mental dominance. For the past hundred years many scientists have devoted consider- able time perfecting inventions with which they hoped to make for- tunes. Some have realized their ideals. It is only within recent years that psychologists have directed their attention to the solution of hu- man conduct problems; or, in other words, have attempted to study the unwritten language of the human mind. Perhaps we are now on the verge of great discoveries in the mental realm... Many minds are working on different schemes for mental transfer of thoughts. Systems will eventually batter down the concealing mask of the "poker face." Arthur Brisbane describes a "bobbed haired" woman as follows: "It's the back head of a young boy, the front view of a wild woman. Deep psychology there." Watch that group of boys at play! Overgrown or "undersized," most of them seem to be all eyes, ears, mouth, arms and legs, etc. Their intentions are very easily detected. The gang separates. One the future;" figuratively speaking, "out into space." The minds of children can be trained to respond to any new system~ ! of mental telepathy-much more rapidly than the minds of adults, lt~ is a laborious task to battle the sub-conscious and to overthrow ths~ habits of a lifetime. What is it that fiction writers hide until the end of their novels.~i~ Why do we read novels? What is it that most attorneys for the de" fendant in a "criminal action" try to show the court an .... d the jury~ The attorneys for the plamttff attempt to prove a motive for thW~ crime." The attorneys for the defendant, if he is guilty, attempt to i . "~et leniency" from punishment by trying to show the jury that the evidence was "circumstantial," and that the plaintiff had had the de~ ~ fendant arrested for personal reasons, and that the prosecuting attor hey would not have "pushed the case" if it had not "been near else" i tion time." Three different motives, i One writer says: "The quest of knowledge is man's greatest and most exciting sport." Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States because it was his intention to be ]['resident. Every act of his life seemed to i lead toward that one object. Booth shot President Lincoln because he had" a distorted motive for killing him. History gives us this com- plete picture, i Scientists have devised electrical apparatus with which to detect sub" I conscious thoughts that reenter our imaginations. The association of ' ideas connected with alleged crime cause a quickening of the heart bea~s, etc. Professor Sigmund Freud in a recent book said: "It took quite a long time and great deM of trouble for her (one of his patients) to grasp and admit to me that such a motive alone could have been the motive force of the compul- sory activity." Metaphysical forces are abstract. They are not to be analyzed with the human hands. The flesh and blood is made from dust simi- lar to every other form of organic llfe? Scientists in their chemical laboratories have duplicated matter made from dust. They lack, how- ever, the "inside machinery" that makes LIFE. There are no single words that are fitted to analyze the metaphy- sical processes. That dictionary of metaphors and slmilies has not yet been compiled. Mind "talks" to mind with its own signals. The man with a "poker face" in gambling "joint" conveys his mes- sages to his confederates who understand them. No words pass from the llps. The message is conveyed by signals. Ask any woman! She usually calls the "power" to detect the un- written messages--"intutition." With a flash of her eye, a toss of her head, a twist of the sensitive lips--a story without words, is told. Good night ! And the same woman, given a motive, can refor~m an habitu~d drunkard or "dope fiend." Re-FORM him so completely that his male friends would "knock him cold" before they could succeed in getting ~ him intoxicated with liquor. His reFORMED motive is to please the woman who had "lifted him to a higher elevation." The impulses in the two persons may be entirely different but they both used Imagina- tion, and Motive before completing acts. Motives that are harmonious, practical and easily understood al- ways create an impression of wholesomeness, innocence and fidelity. That is why children are usually "innocent aiid loveable."--except when they display uncontrolled spasms of temper! In the metaphysical world there are many MOTIVES. Psychologists are gradually classifying them. Modern psychology is not destructive. It is CONSTRUCTIVE. it is nothing more than finding an understandable and intelligent MOTIVE for all human action. When we have interpreted these signals of the mind and fixed them ~vith a common indicator like "H2-O," we shall have started out with a scientific system for mental telepathy. Complete pictures, not words, is the process from one mind to another. That will be the language without "verbs." Our hope for success is in the studies of the younger generation. Minds filled with conflicting sub-conscious activities seldom send out strong "thought waves." Are sub-conscious activities the results of previous conscious thought and action? Mental transfer of thoughts is a "thing of the future." Certain it is that the mind of an adult has many complex motives. Imaginative activities exist that no scientist could group under any classification. When the tabulation is made, another of the "great forces" of the century will be "discovered." The unwritten language of mental pic- tures !