You get old, you scream at your wife. Not in anger, but because your hearing's going. "What?" you scream. She looks exasperated. She says loudly, "I said…." You now see the world in a faint haze, like it's covered with a gauzy film. "Pollen," you say. Your wife says, "You need stronger glasses." You refuse to admit that. So you call the Comcast TV repairman once a week. He arrives, a young black kid. "The picture's blurry," you say. "And the sound, I have to jack it way up to hear." He fiddles with the remote, then says, "The picture's fine. The sound, too. Maybe you need glasses." You stop calling the Comcast repairman.
For non-conformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face. The bystanders look askance on him in the public street or in the friend's parlor. If this aversion had its origin in the contempt and resistance like his own he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour face of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause disguise no god, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs. Yet is the discontent of the multitude more formidable than that of the senate and the college. It is easy enough for a firm man who knows the world to brook the rage of the cultivated classes. Their rage is decorous and prudent, for they are timid, as being very vulnerable themselves. But when to their feminine rage the indignation of the people is added, when the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment.