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    compose it into a unity

    What "unity" does it mean? As the parents have too much experience of the child, can't they make any consistent opinion of the child?

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    ex)The greatest errors in judging a person are made by his parents; this is a fact, but how is one to explain it? Do the parents have too much experience of the child, and can they no longer compose it into a unity? We notice that travelers in a strange land grasp correctly the common, distinctive traits of a people only in the first period of their stay; the more they get to know a people, the more they forget how to see what is typical and distinctive about it. As soon as they see up close, they stop being farsighted. Might parents judge their children wrongly because they have never stood far enough off from them? A quite different explanation would be the following: people tend to stop thinking about things that are closest to them, and simply accept them. When parents are required to judge their children, it is perhaps their customary thoughtlessness that makes them judge so mistakenly.
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    Re: compose it into a unity

    I again assume that "unity" here means unified, consistent idea of the children, rather than scattered, unfocused one. I need your confirmation.

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    Re: compose it into a unity

    You understand it correctly. It's not very well written. The idea is that parents have a hard time forming one opinion on their children because they have experienced so much of their children's lives.

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