Real progress has primarily to do with the spiritual development...

Los Angeles (Cal.) Tribune

Real progress has primarily to do with the spiritual development of man and not with the improvements of material objects designed for his use. The contrary belief oftentimes mesmerizes men, and possessions frequently enslave Frankensteins who turn upon their creators. The man of Galilee saw this danger and gave warning in the words, "A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth," and then he adds, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Since the Master came that "they might have life," the acquiring of this life constitutes the only true progress.

A tree may always be judged by its fruits, and when the question is asked of brick, mortar, and iron, "Have you added to man's spirituality, unselfishness, and morality?" the answer instantly comes, "No, we have not; on the contrary, we have usually increased worldliness, pomp, and pride." Not the piling up of matter constitutes progress, but the development of enduring character; the approximation of the human with the divine, and an enlarged sense of the brotherhood of man.

August 10, 1912

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