Escape

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.

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