Mastery of Service

Our College Motto, Mastery for Service*
dr_bates.jpgDr. C.J.L. BATES
(Revised by KGU ESS)

      Human nature has two sides, the one personal and individual, the other public and social. The personal and individual side, each man must live alone, the public and social side, he must share with other man. Then there is an ideal of life corresponding to each side, self-culture and self-sacrifice, respectively. And though they sound mutually exclusive, these ideals are not merely not contradictory, indeed, they are complementary. For neither is complete of itself, nor independent of the other. Self-culture pursued for its own sake is selfishness, and self-sacrifice as the only rule of life is weakness. But self-culture is justified only as its fruit is seen in self-sacrifice, and only on the basis of self-culture can self-sacrifice be truly effective.

      Now these two aspects of our nature are implied in our college motto, “Mastery for Service.” We do not desire to be weaklings. We aim to be strong, to be masters of knowledge, of opportunity, and especially, to be masters of ourselves. We will not be slaves, whether to others, to circumstances, or to our own passions. And the purpose of our mastery must be the service of humanity. In England, public officials are called civil servants, implying that their duty is not to command, but to serve. Here is the true conception of the nature of the work of the public official. In fact, a man is great only to the extent that he renders service to society.

      This, then, is our ideal; to become strong, effective men who will be recognized as masters. But having become (strong, effective) masters, we desire, not to enrich ourselves, but to render some useful service to humanity, in order that the world may be the better for our having lived in it.

      Our ideal businessman is neither gambler nor miser; he is the man who succeeds because he is a master, understanding the fundamental principles of business, succeeding, through industry and honesty, where other men fail, and whose highest aim in life is not to increase his wealth endlessly, but to use his financial power to improve the condition of society.
Such a man, public-spirited, and having a keen sense of social obligation, will be revered by his employees, and respected by his customers.

      Our ideal of the scholar is not a kind of intellectual sponge that always takes in, but never gives out until it is squeezed. No, our ideal scholar is the man whose desire for knowledge is a desire to equip himself to render better service to humanity.

      To be a man, a master man, and at the same time, a true servant of humanity, this is our ideal.

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