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Dorsey, J.M. (1953). Morale. Am. Imago, 10(4):345-373.

(1953). American Imago, 10(4):345-373

Morale

John M. Dorsey, M.D.

Introduction

“Let the incommunicable objects of nature and the metaphysical isolation of man teach us independence.”

Emerson, Manners

Humanity has entered upon a new era, that of the release and use of atomic energy. Evidently our present state of national emergency is not transitory, but is here to stay, as we are. It is to be hoped that our awareness of our need to seek security will make us eager to study the best way to educate ourselves so that we may be as helpful as possible with each other in our difficult emergencies. The antidote to danger is corresponding care. As Glover observed, the sustenance or destruction of morale is every nation's secret weapon and “The morale of free men is the finest in the world.” ()

Atomic warfare can respect no one. Commander-in-chief, citizen, and child in the rear have no more safeguard than the man at the front. Our foremost leaders in all walks of life are required to support feelings of personal insecurity involving no less than the fear of imminent dissolution. We cannot find the same safety in numbers as before. Everyone must now consider the benefit of renouncing foreign courage in favor of his own. Nothing proves whether a man is “out of his mind,” “off his base,” “not himself,” etc., more than the circumstance of real danger.

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