Greater than circumstances

Originally published in the 1912 pamphlet titled “Environment and Opportunity”

Marcus Aurelius said: "Life is more like wrestling than dancing; it must be ready to keep its feet against all onsets, however unexpected." The careless human nature may desire to dance through the years, but it cannot. The onslaughts come. And to keep one's feet, to rise superior to conditions, to stand greater than circumstances, is to live truly.

The highest philosophies, however, have missed their way through looking largely to the human mind to supply its own strength. They have drawn from a reservoir soon exhausted; have looked for remedy where there is none. The intellect, the will, the affections, even at their best, cannot of themselves and unaided solve the problem of human woe. To the divine Mind alone men must turn for final refuge. And the Scriptural records which make plain man's relation to God, urge his dependence upon God, instruct him how to find God, transcend all philosophies and dogmas and creeds. Their teaching brings within the apprehension of men the thoughts which collectively composed the thinking of Christ Jesus, and brings home to men the truth that nothing less than the Christ-mind is greater than circumstances.

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