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They have a horror for abstract thought, they feel no need for any philosophy or systematic ‘world view’. Nor is this because they are ‘practical’, as they are so fond of claiming themselves. One has to only look at their methods of town planning and water supply, their obstinate clinging to everything that is out of date and a nuisance, a spelling system that defies analysis, and a system of weights and measures that is intelligible only to compilers of arithmetic books, to see how little they care about mere efficiency.