Why Feel Sorry for Yourself?

That which is called self-pity is as old as Adam. One of the first instances on record is that of a woman whose supply of water for herself and her little son had been exhausted, and she feared that he would perish of thirst. There was really a well of water close at hand, but she could not see it because she was sitting hopelessly on the desert sands, blinded by her own tears.

If some distressed mortal of today ever seems to find himself in a similar situation, confronted by a difficulty from which there appears to be no way of escape, let him ponder for a moment the experience of Hagar, the Egyptian, as recorded in the twenty-first chapter of Genesis. Did self-pity afford her any aid in finding the answer to her problem?

Claim and Demonstration
May 24, 1947

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