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Chapter 16 - Some Further Explanations
WE go back here to the matter of the point of view, for,
besides being vitally important, it is the one that is likely to
give the student the most trouble.
We have been trained, partly by mistaken religious teachers,
to look upon the world as being like a wrecked ship, storm-
driven upon a rocky coast; utter destruction is inevitable at
the end, and the most that can be done is to rescue,
perhaps, a few of the crew.
This view teaches us to consider the world as essentially bad
and growing worse; and to believe that existing discords and
inharmoniousness must continue and intensify until the end.
It robs us of hope for society, government, and humanity,
and gives us a decreasing outlook and contracting mind.
This is all wrong.
The world is not wrecked. It is like a magnificent steamer
with the engines in place and the machinery in perfect order.
The bunkers are full of coal, and the ship is amply
provisioned for the cruise; there is no lack of any good
Every provision Omniscience could devise has been made for
the safety, comfort, and happiness of the crew; the steamer
is out on the high seas tacking hither and thither because no
one has yet learned the right course to steer.
We are learning to steer, and in due time will come grandly
into the harbor of perfect harmony.
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