Right Desires Fulfilled

[Written Especially for Young People]

Youth as well as age has its trials, many of which relate to the variety and intensity of its desires. Reaching out eagerly for happiness and not fully perceiving in what true happiness consists, nor the illusory nature of material pleasures, one may experience sharp disappointments and the chafing sense of limitation and restraint. This seems to be the case especially in our day, when numerous diversions, a wide choice of pursuits, opportunities for adventure, largely unrestrained liberty of action are offered to youth.

Still, despite all the additional attractions or distractions which former generations never knew, and which seem to be so easily within reach, the ways of wisdom have not changed; and wisdom still whispers that duty comes first, agreeable or otherwise, that many forms of so-called pleasure must be tasted of not at all, and that the attainment of material desire is not the key to true happiness. To the young it seems so hard to wait for the fulfillment of anticipations; and to the undisciplined one whom it confronts, duty sometimes appears to wear a grim aspect.

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