IN just the same sense, historical contemplation is happiness, or "beatitude." All of us have sometimes felt the deepest grief because of the misfortunes of ourselves, our country, or the world; or we have had moments of bitter remorse when we have utterly despised ourselves. And at such times we find comfort. and peace again as we study all that has happened and consider objectively just how and why it happened (and -- since it happened -- had to happen). In so doing we place ourselves and our private trials and sorrows -- and with ourselves, our family, our city, our country, the world -- in a definite location and in a definite time in the whole chain of historical progression; and in the harmony that results in our own minds, we find the harmony of all things, the harmony of the universe.
But this contemplation, and the calm and
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Publication information: Book title: The Conduct of Life. Contributors: Benedetto Croce - Author, Arthur Livingston - Translator. Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 313.
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