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He who consciously inhabits reality will live independent of the mutations of fate, the catastrophes of history, and the crises of an epoch in dissolution. Even in crisis of war, where danger or even death is lurking, philosophy reveals its immense practicability. For the philosopher can meet them with the utter calmness, effective capacity, and resolute heroism with which his studies, reflections, disciplines, and ideals have formed his character. Amid the surging tides of postwar chaos he sets the example and shows the value of philosophic discipline and the power of philosophic principles by standing firm as a rock. Just as he kept cool in the very midst of global conflagration, so he now keeps clear-sighted amid the gloom of its dusty aftermath. In the very midst of world confusion, he becomes a little oasis of strength and peace, wisdom and certitude, calm and holiness. If he has to live in a chaotic disordered environment, the sad heritage of war, he still lives his own constructive ordered pattern of existence. The very example of such a man keeping steady and balanced thus silently helps some others who are bewildered or aimless.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 503

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