There is no denying that mortals can never be content with the narrow range of existence to which material sense bears testimony. The senses allure and hint at endless pleasures, but long ago the wise man learned through sad experience that the end of all these things is death. This does not mean that pleasure in itself is wrong, for the psalmist says, "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." These pleasuers, however, are the flower and fruitage of spiritual consciousness and rest upon divine Principle, so that they are indeed "for evermore."

Mortals in general start life with the pursuit of happiness rather than a quest for Truth, and the result of this mistake is found in disappointment, sorrow, sickness, and it may be death. Many then reach out blindly for help from an "unknown God," and when no help comes they doubt the existence of the God who knows and loves and guides all His children. In the barren soil of unbelief the weeds of superstition then spring up, and instead of the knowing of God which Christ Jesus declared to be life eternal, there is a false sense of being and its laws, expressed in religious superstition and medical superstition, both phases of this error obscuring to mortal sense the light of divine Truth. This is finely expressed in Rebecca's hymn, as given in "Ivanhoe":—

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