When a young man comes of age, he traditionally attains a new status in the community. He is admitted to the councils of the elders and a new mantle of responsibility descends upon him. For him, it is a time of pause and casting up before he enters upon the work of his maturity. The stresses and questionings of adolescence have carried him, uncertainly until now, into a world he had no part in making, but from which there is no possibility of escape. In this world he must now find work to do and a way of life which will seem to him good. If his education has been sufficient, if it has, so to speak, placed him as it should, the elements of his problem will be present to his mind. He will know something of his world and of himself and he will proceed more or less wisely to the determination of his rôle in the drama of mankind, a drama which may take a tragic turn, it is true, but which is much less likely to furnish an unhappy ending if his choices at coming-of-age have been made rightly.
It has been the thesis here that industry is coming to maturity, that it has reached the stretches of its career when what has hitherto been haphazard growth, tortured by the uncertainties of adolescence, ought to become a mature career determined by a program of progress, encouraged by a sense of achievement. So