Excerpt from Efficiency: Its Spiritual Source
Do mortals then remain as helpless as this; fast chained and looking upon a violent and lawless con fusion? Or have they, each in his own sphere, the power to govern and control conditions; the force and skill to make and to follow a straight and certain path leading whither greater freedom is possible? If it be sweet to pass in confident hope through a long life then indeed it is worth while, at all times, to avoid scheming against the harmonious system of the gods and thus permit one's self to become en riched. By obeying the law a termination of trials may arise and peace and strength may enter where pain, and fear, and terror have hitherto appeared to be the sovereign agents.
Let us consider our duty in this regard; first in the simple demands of daily life; if, perchance, we may discover in what it is that harmonious life consists.
Primarily we ask of ourselves whether it is pos sible to control daily life in the varying conditions which are imposed upon us by duty, environment, and people? Can one, by taking thought, add this cubit to his stature? IS it possible to gain such aperception of life as will permit us to begin the day, to pass through it, participating in its activities, and to reach the threshold of the hours of sleep not only unharmed by the experience, but increased by it?
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