Leaving behind false landmarks

Many can identify well-known landmarks such as the Pyramids in Egypt or the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. And anyone eager to return home after having been away knows the thrill of spotting a familiar landmark—a bridge, a field, or a distinctive building close to home. Recognition of such a landmark brings the reassurance of knowing exactly where we are.

But what of false landmarks? What are they and how do they impact our lives? The importance of pondering and answering these questions is suggested by an intriguing statement in Science and Health: "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear,—this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony" (pp. 323–324).

"Patience is gain"
April 28, 1997

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