Who is there that has not, at some time or other, longed for escape from some condition which seemed intolerable? Even in normal times there is a frequent desire for escape from circumstances ranging from mere unpleasantness or boredom to present or impending difficulties of all sorts—financial disasters, unhappy personal relationships, or desperate diseases. At a time of a worldwide conflagration called war the longing for escape becomes wellnigh universal.

The Psalmist voiced this general feeling when he cried: "Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. ... I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest." The common belief that escape is a question of change of place or pursuit is palpably untenable. Escape is sought in a vacation, but worries continue to dog one's footsteps; health is sought in change of climate, but loneliness keeps one ill in spite of sunny skies. There is no fundamental relief to be found by these means.

Choose the Best
April 22, 1944

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