Social Adjustment

Social Adjustment

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Social Adjustment

Social Adjustment

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Adjustment is an approximation to the normal.

Through all nature adjustment is continuous. A river, for example, adjusts itself to the changes in earth formation. If a mountain range is thrown up, the river wears down its bed until, flowing at a normal gradient, it has created a cañon of the Colorado. But the river is not content; it continues its work, cutting away the surrounding hills until it flows through a great plain like the Mississippi Valley, with its vast alluvial deposits and its broad, slow- moving stream. The river is seeking to establish a normal gradient, and before this attempt to secure adjustment, even the hills, "rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun," must succumb. Society, like the river, seeks to adjust itself to the changing contour of the environment by wearing it away and smoothing it . . .

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