The Point of View
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20 ] The Point of View1 The Harvard Advocate, 87 (20 May 1909) 82 This week we are printing two articles presenting the opposite sides of an ancient controversy–that between the sport and the grind. The discussion, though never final, is always interesting, when it is the attempt of each to justify himself without injustice to the opponent. No one need hope to settle the dispute. But if all prejudice and misunderstanding are cleared away, it is possible for each partisan, while retaining his own opinions, to see that there is much reason in the other man’s contention and after all that’s the best excuse for most arguments; for each side to acknowledge sympathetically the right of the other to his own point of view. And in this case the divergence–in ideals–may be not so great as is thought. Note 1. Unsigned editorial, attributed to TSE in the Advocate index. For this issue, W. C. Greene (class of 1911), a fellow member of the Board of Editors, and H. E. Porter (class of 1909) defended opposite types of students. In “The Importance of Being a Grind,” Greene praises “the man who is deeply interested in scholarly pursuits” as “the type . . . worthy of emulating” (96). In “The Importance of Being a Sport,” Porter responds that he would prefer to have “half” the grind’s “soul-life . . . and twice his social life,” declaring that the “sport is as necessary as the grind to preserve that equilibrium which makes this a University and not a cloister. . . . we need the grind, and we should love him for his beautiful brain” (97-98). ...


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