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thought of calling him by his first name nor he them. They just wouldn't have thought of it. They thought of him as a kind of snooty person. As he grew and developed, and as his own self-knowledge increased, he tried to overcome this appearance of snootiness. He had quite a bit of self-knowledge, as a matter of fact - more then the ordinary man. That was the secret of his strength really. When he acquired self-knowledge, he acquired authority and power within himself, which he had never had before. He acquired a good deal of self-knowledge before he was sick. Of course, during his illness he acquired a lot more, but he acquired some before he was ill.

I've always felt that as he gained self-knowledge he recognized not only this reputation for being snooty, but actually recognized that he was, that there was truth in that. Whereas his ultimate might be well-disposed, his superficial feeling toward many people was that they were great bores, stupid and nonsensical, and that the didn't want to bother with them. He recognized that as a defect in himself. After he was ill, flat, prostrated, he recognized more then ever in his life this essential quality of human beings. He had a total change of heart. Nobody was dull. Nobody was a great nuisance. Nobody made no sense. Nobody was a good for nothing. Because they were human beings who

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