On Cherishing

The question of what an individual cherishes in his thoughts, his character, and his daily pursuits is a vital one, since it determines the degree of his progression or his retrogression. The temptation deliberately to cherish one's peculiarities is immanent, and unless it is resisted the mask of mortal personality hinders the appearing of spiritual individuality.

Sometimes a person is childishly proud of his profitless peculiarities and enjoys the banter of his friends regarding them. So they continue to be indulged. Witty exaggeration, for instance, in telling an anecdote is fairly common. This habit indicates a degree of untruthfulness, even of dishonesty, and if unchecked it may develop into a larger hindrance to true thought and speech in things essential. Another person will involve himself in debt through self-indulgence and impulse. These and many other undetected weeds of error are apt to throw out troublesome roots.

Items of Interest
Items of Interest
September 14, 1935

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