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In summary, then, there are deeply rooted biological forces upon which we draw unwittingly for attitudes and behavior. There are pressing problems before us, ranging from war and slum riots to the misery and hopelessness of hundreds of thousands of infants and children leading empty and desperate lives in an unproductive way without society ever noticing that something preventable and irrevocable is happening. All of us, as citizens devoted to the healthiest kind of childhood and adulthood for our children, know that this represents an appalling tragedy for the individual. Multiplied by the hundreds of millions, it may represent a catastrophe for mankind. As physicians, we and other students of human behavior have unique opportunities and responsibilities in these matters. We must make our concerns widely known and be ready to fight vigorously not only for the formulation of public education programs but the implementation of public policy, to the end that all children have the best possible opportunity for fulfillment--fulfillment through behavior which manifests the altruistic qualities of sharing, caring, giving, loving, and, if need be, of sacrificing.
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