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Page 0 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 03 no. 1 April, 1927

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Mountain Life ~ Work Volume III APRIL, 1927 NumberI Helen H. Dingman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor D7°. Wm. James Hutchins . . . . . . . . . Counsellor Orrin L. Keener Associate Editor Luther M. Ambrose . . . . . . . Business Manager CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Dr. Warren H. Wilson . . . . . . New York City Mrs. John C. Campbell . . . . Brasstown. N. C. Mr. Marshall E. Vaughn . . . . . . . . Atlanta, Ga. Hon. W. 0. Sounders . . . . Elizabeth City, N. C. Dr. John P. 1\IcConnell . . . . East Radford, Va. Dr. Arthur T. McCormack . . . . Louisville, Ky. Dr. E. C. Branson . . . . . . . . Chapel Hill. N. C. Dr. John J. Tigert . . . . . . . . Washington, D. C. Issued quarterly-January, April, July, October Subscription Price $1.00 per year. Single Copy 30c Entered at the Post Office at Berea, Ky., as secondclass mail matter Address all communications to MOUNTAIN LIFE AND WORK Berea, Kentucky SAYING A THING OR TWO FOR THE MOUNTAINS By C. J. Galpin Bureau of Agricultural Economics, U. S. De partment of Agriculture If I am not very much mistaken, it is something of a shock to us as we come to years of maturity to find out that human life, wherever it is lived, whatever the lot in life, whatever the possessions, whatever the accomplishments, friendships, honors, achievements, is defective. We learn with surprise and sorrow that life has its weak spots-like a flaw in steel, an air bubble in the lens, a knot in the board, rot in the apple. And these defects in human life give unrest, and discontent. In the as yet unsuccessful attempt to take the flaws out of human life and prevent its breakdowns, several great systems of thought have been developed; science, art, business, religion. Science would make us know enough to circumvent these breakdowns. Art would make the world and life beautiful enough to submerge and suppress defects. Business would give us all wealth enough to outwit these defects. And religion, confessing that man is born to discontent, sin, and death, would turn his gaze to a new and better world which holds life in perfection, and thus makes life on earth tolerable through hope. Knowing, therefore, that human life is bound to have its dissatisfactions, I ask you to look again with me at three sources of quasicontentment which farm life, and perhaps especially mountain life, possesses above all other kinds of life. I do not say that these three contentments will wipe out the inherent defect in human life; but I do say that wise men and women in all times and in all races, so far as history gives us a record, testify to the value of these three contentments to soften the pangs and disappointments of human life and human struggle. If I read human character aright, one of the great sources of human discontent is the fact that each person must live with himself. His body is married to his soul. His soul is married to his brain and mind. And he must ever talk, think, act in character with himself-a self which is highly charged with and very much predetermined by the past. He is short in stature, he would be tall. He is brunette, he would be blond. But more, the pattern of his thinking is monotonously the same. He is slow at figures. He is quick in temper. He envies his neighbor. He covets this man's suavity, that man's poise. He is out of sorts with himself, while he accuses others; and he blames his lot, he blames his occupation, he blames the world. Now what I have to say is a ridiculously simple thing. But I will brave your smiles. It is this. The farm and mountain life provide a way of escape, to a certain degree, from

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