Would we sit staring defeatedly at a mirage of water apparently obstructing our path? Not if we knew it was a mirage, for if we knew very well the terrain over which we were traveling, we could not be fooled or misled by a mirage. We would not timorously pray for it to go away, cautiously taking each step toward it with eyes fastened fearfully upon the illusion; but knowing the true condition of the terrain, we would confidently pursue our way in conscious safety.
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