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NOUMENA. 323 �dividuality from disastrous attack and de- struction. �IX. �Before applying these principles to an ex- planation of the trance, let us see whether they explain that seeming inexplicability, the uncommon impersonality of the Japanese mind. If a lesser mental activity be the cause of a less differentiated individuality, signs of that lesser activity should otherwise be patent. Now when we look for them we find such signs to be numerous. �As a friend of mine once put it epigram- matically in the heat of the moment, a Jap- anese does not think. Allowing for pardon- able exaggeration, the negation not inaptly sums up their state of mind. Specific evi- dence of the fact confronts one at every turn. �One may, if he will, begin at the top, with lack of originality leading off the list, but instead of beginning at the top, he may as well begin at the bottom and mark the ab- sence of reasoning there. �If in any western land you hail a cab and jump in without a word, the cab-driver be- fore setting out will ask you where you wish ��� �