The Stationary Escalator

As he stepped onto a short escalator, the writer felt momentarily off-balance. Then he noticed that it was stationary. Others, too, appeared to be experiencing a similar difficulty. Of course, as soon as the writer had adjusted his thinking to the fact that the escalator had in effect become similar to an ordinary staircase, he was able to proceed without difficulty.

To the writer, this simple experience clearly illustrated the fixedness of material thought based on sensory evidence. It showed the tendency of mortal belief to hold tanaciously to customary impressions and opinions, and its consequent inability to cope easily with changed circumstances until a mental adjustment has been made.

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January 16, 1971
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