structive character of guilt, since piety is a system‐ builder, impelling one to go farther and farther in search of appropriate materials that will go with his concerns, while the attempt to socialize this material for purposes of communication leads one far beyond the character of the initial stimulus.
Variations of the stigmatic situation as a vocational incentive can be imagined ad lib. Mann, Gide, Proust, and Joyce seem outstanding examples in the cultural movement now coming to a close.
THE POETRY OF ACTION
WE HAVE previously considered that troublous graded series whereby action emerges purely and simply as combat. The mystic, it seems, has often attempted to find disciplines whereby the combative aspect of action may be completely sterilized, so that the practitioner may enjoy the gratifications of attainment without the by-product, conquest. In the West, for instance, with its great respect for "climbing," the first stage of initiation into the state of mystic unity is usually reached through the postures of prayer, with its deliberate mimetics of humiliation. In a society stressing advancement,
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Publication information: Book title: Permanence and Change:An Anatomy of Purpose. Contributors: Kenneth Burke - Author. Publisher: New Republic. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1935. Page number: 316.