Rainbow Countries of Central America

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CHAPTER XV THE WAYS OF THOUGHT

As Central America is dragged, all unwillingly, into the rather disturbing glare of modern civilization, it is likely to appear at something of a disadvantage,--psychologically, at least. Yet the virtues we have found are themselves the cause for the world's sometimes cold judgment,--they have made us forget that Central America is still of the tropics, with all of the tropics' traditional languor, indifference and procrastination. And, too, with a philosophy and standards of its own, somewhat apart from the world's standards but quite satisfactory to the masses of its people. Indeed, the wonder is not that Central America has not gone farther in the face of an apathetic world, nor that it does not move more rapidly today; the wonder is that it has chosen to go and has gone as far as it has in the ways of European civilization, and that it is so wonderfully, so keenly, awake and willing to accept what we have to give, and to adapt and to use it.

Not, Heaven help us, that Central America has not had its eye on foreign customs and foreign manners these many years! It has that, but it has also kept foreign things very much at a distance and judged them very much by its own standards, not itself by theirs. As

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