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It is in fashion, and not unreasonably, to attach great importance to the influence of environment.  When that expression is used people generally mean an environment into which they are born, or one which is imposed on them from without and is in no way dependent upon their own will.  There is, however, another environment which is often forgotten: that which we create for ourselves.  -- the great influence produced upon us in daily life by the place in which we choose to live and the objects with which we voluntarily surround ourselves.  One may often judge from the outside of a house something of the disposition of those who inhabit it, and a man's room is to a certain extent an expression of him, for it shows his taste in books, pictures, statues, furniture, wall-paper and flowers; and every one of all these things is constantly reacting upon him, even though he never thinks of it.


All alone, or in twos,

The ones who really love you

Walk up and down outside the wall.

Some hand in hand

And some gathered together in bands.

The bleeding hearts and artists

Make their stand.

And when they've given you their all

Some stagger and fall, after all it's not easy

Banging your heart against some mad bugger's wall.

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