Signs of the Times

[Editorial in the New Outlook, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]

He is a wise man who, in the midst of the crowded and busy life which most of us live in days like these, makes time and opportunity for quietness and thought-provoking meditation. It is possible to be so busy with the outer things of life that its inner meaning and purpose fade away and cease to be influential in the common duties and happenings of every day. We need ... to take time to look at our lives in the whole and make some honest and forthright estimate of how we are getting along in measuring up to the standards which we admit to be binding upon us.

Too much introspection generally has altogether unwholesome results, but there is a way of looking within, of taking a frank and fearless view of our ambitions and ideals and purposes, of searching diligently for weaknesses and flaws that might not show themselves as life moves along evenly, that can hardly but produce good results. It is easy to allow things in out lives, to let tempers develop and ambitions grow, that we scarcely know to be there until we deliberately turn our eyes upon them.

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September 14, 1935

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