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In Need of a Star
"Emerson says, 'Hitch your wagon to a star.'" Unity of Good, p. 17; The wagon is out-of-date. But the idea still rings true: one must establish high aims and worthy purposes if his life is to be one of lasting achievement. Everyone is in need, so to speak, of a star to hitch up to! Yet thoughtful people coming to maturity sometimes wonder if there is any purpose that could deserve their lifetime devotion or commitment.
Young adults in general are today more skeptical of grand political and philosophical systems, of isms of all kinds, than they were a generation or two ago. They also recognize that purely selfish aims are not worth much sacrifice. And, a sufficient living being easier to come by than formerly, it is not surprising that some young persons feel less challenged to accumulate material wealth.
At the same time, the almost unquestioned authority of the natural sciences, while brushing away the webs of speculative philosophies that could not stand close examination, has also partly obscured the concept of a purposeful universe.
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You and Your Social Responsibility
RUSSELL D. ROBINSON
In Need of a Star
RICHARD A. NENNEMAN
Youth: A Problem or a Power?
Success in Sports
J. THOMAS BLACK
Branch Church Membership Now
The Question of Premarital Sex
ROSS ENAR BENSON
What Is Man?
PAUL CHANNING WELZ
The "rapid strides" of Youth
Helen Wood Bauman
No Chemical Shortcut to Inspiration
Alan A. Aylwin
While I was away at college, a friend accidentally slammed a door...
David Stuart Brown
"O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy...
L. Kathryn Harvey
I should like to relate a healing which took many weeks but...
M. Constance Halderman
Although I was reared in Christian Science, my appreciation...
Vicki Christine Punnett with contributions from Jessie Bard Miller
It was with much joy that I saw Christian Science heal a mental...
Katharine Foster Galloway with contributions from Ola Mundy Foster
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Abraham J. Heschel, C. Northcote Parkinson