Some Thoughts on Buoyancy

Akin to the priceless sense of humor is the Christly quality of buoyancy; akin, for both are a spontaneous outburst against the absurdly false claims of evil to existence, presence, and power. Buoyancy may be viewed as that "garment of praise" which Isaiah declared should replace "the spirit of heaviness." This "spirit of heaviness" is a descriptive term for the effects of depression and the aftermath of all phases of animal magnetism. What time error is stimulating, that exhilaration is but depression in the making. Evil is never satisfying when played out. The stimulus of materiality has its sequel in reaction. Followed through, animal magnetism is always "the spirit of heaviness."

It is natural for children to be buoyant. And if adults were as uninstructed in error, as unmarred by sinful experiences, as uncalloused by familiarity with evil, they too would be spontaneously buoyant. Indeed, the need to cultivate buoyancy is thus all the greater with adults.

September 26, 1942

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