The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:|
other, depend the possibilities of the individual x.
Now the constants in any man's equation are the qualities that he
has inherited from the past. What a man does follows from what he
is, which in turn is mostly dependent upon what his ancestors have
been; and of all the links in the long chain of mind-evolution, few
are more important and more suggestive than language. Actions may
at the moment speak louder than words, but methods of expression
have as tell-tale a tongue for bygone times as ways of doing things.
If it should ever fall to my lot to have to settle that exceedingly
vexed Eastern question,--not the emancipation of ancient Greece from
the bondage of the modern Turk, but the emancipation of the modern