We are living in an age of superlatives. Human knowledge and ingenuity have so unfolded that nothing seems impossible. When one contemplates the extremes to which invention and discovery have gone in the last century, it seems that little remains to be revealed or invented. Since all outward manifestation is the result of thought, in this age mortals, in view of this unprecedented development, have come to hold an extraordinarily high estimate of their talents and capabilities. They are inclined to attribute to their own creative powers the marvelous steps which have been taken toward greater freedom, forgetting, apparently, that Jesus declared God to be the source of all good.

Material success has been so great that it has led to an exaggerated sense of its importance; and exaggeration, it seems, has come to be a common fault. In its efforts to challenge notice, to arouse and hold attention, the so-called mortal mind makes extreme statements, oftentimes having little or no basis in fact. Or, if the statements be fundamentally sound, because of love for the unique and spectacular they are distorted and misrepresented in detail. So fully acquainted was Paul with this trait of human nature that he dealt with it specifically in his epistle to the Philippians. "Let your moderation be known unto all men," he implored. "The Lord is at hand." The moderation which Paul thus enjoined upon his fellow-Christians is a virtue which may well be cultivated by all who are seeking to conform their ways with the teaching of Christianity.

Our Universal Problem
July 25, 1925

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