"Cast thy burden"

ALL mankind have burdens, baggage which is heavy and irksome to tired shoulders. The rich and the poor, the high and the low, go through life clinging to these burdens. False, passing pleasures are called upon to bring forgetfulness; but when these are found unsatisfying and fail, the weight of the burden remains.

What can we do with these burdens? Become philosophers and make the burden as light as possible, adjusting the binding ropes and smiling instead of weeping? That is supposed to be one way of relief; but it does not allow the burden to drop away. To make troubles as light as possible is better than to augment their weight, but the burden still remains. The human race is searching here and there for a way to escape the burden, but failing ever in its efforts.

March 7, 1925

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