When Jacob spoke to his sons of the blessings of God which should prevail "unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills," he spoke to them of eternity; he voiced that ideal of changelessness which is the goal and prayer of mankind. What is it that causes men to search and travel, to collect and discard, to experiment and adventure, but the latent or conscious desire to find that which, because it is perfect and complete, is therefore immutable?

Mortal man, accepting as man that which is far from perfect, either submits to a wholly unsatisfactory situation or works ceaselessly, if not to improve, at least to defend himself from further depredations. Nothing about mortal man is stationary. He is ever in a state of improvement or retrogression, elation or depression, of attainment or reversal. Even his thoughts of God, whom he accepts as ordering or at best permitting the ills of the world, present immutability as remote and inaccessible. Therefore while he may not doubt the existence of everlasting hills, for him they are almost obscured in the mists of transcendental futurity.

October 3, 1942

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