The understanding of man as spiritual brings calmness and joy into experience

MAN AS HIS MAKER KNOWS HIM

In "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes is found the following observation (p. 71): "When John and Thomas, for instance, are talking together, it is natural enough that among the six there should be more or less confusion and misapprehension."

One can imagine the startling effect of these words upon Mr. Holmes' listeners. But he proceeded to explain that there was first "the real John; known only to his Maker;" secondly, the John he thought he was; thirdly, the John whom Thomas knew. It was the same with Thomas, totaling six. He concluded (p. 72): "It follows, that, until a man can be found who knows himself as his Maker knows him, or who sees himself as others see him, there must be at least six persons engaged in every dialogue between two."

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