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Impearls: HIC 6.2.7: Ethics

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Ethics   by A. L. Kroeber

Bodily and social self-restraint in daily life was as much inculcated by the Wiyot as by the Yurok.  It was only through this quality that a man could be anything in the world.  Only through its exercise could he retain his riches and become wealthier.  Self-control marked the rich man and was the evidence as well as the cause of his standing.  The poor man was inherently inferior.  He did not gravely and naturally hold himself in, because he could not.  It was impossible that he should ever kill a white deer or have any other great piece of fortune.  The psychic influence of these beliefs must have been profound, so that in large measure they must have justified themselves in experience.



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