Books > Old Books > Getting The Most Out Of Life (1948)


Page 138

The Quest of Our Lives

IF oux Viking ancestors were able to revisit the scene of their, adventures, their mouths would drop agape at our material gadgets. But they would wonder even more, I think, at us. Why, with every possible-and to them incredible-means of wellbeing and security, are we so obviously and desperately distrustful of life and of ourselves? What, they would wonder, has happened to man since he
crossed "perilous seas forlorn" in cockleshells in search of unknown continents? What has become of that joy in testing his prowess against the forces of adversity?
The courage of our ancestors had its source in a matter-of-fact acceptance of success and failure, tribulation and happiness, as the ordained pattern to which a man must fashion himself, relying only on his God and his own inner steadfastness. To them life was a testing-ground. How they stood the test, how they showed their mettle -not the number and prosperity of their days-was what mattered to them. I cannot recall a single Christian instance of suicide before the 18th century. In those times men of worth did not fly from misfortune.
We, very differently, have been brought up in the tradition, if not the reality, of happiness and security. We regard both as a birthright. So that when danger and disaster overtake us we either camouflage our failure by some neurosis or we turn to meet the enemy bravely

travel books:
where is HTML where is HEAD where is TITLE IF oux Viking ancestors were able to re what is what is scene of their, adventures, their mouths would drop agape at our material gadgets. But they would wonder even more, I think, at us. Why, with every possible-and to them incredible-means of wellbeing and security, are we so obviously and desperately distrustful of life and of ourselves? What, they would wonder, has happened to man since he crossed "perilous seas forlorn" in cockleshells in search of unknown continents? What has become of that joy in testing his prowess against what is forces of adversity? what is courage of our ancestors had its source in a matter-of-fact acceptance of success and failure, tribulation and happiness, as what is ordained pattern to which a man must fashion himself, relying only on his God and his own inner steadfastness. To them life was a testing-ground. How they stood what is test, how they showed their mettle -not what is number and prosperity of their days-was what mattered to them. I cannot recall a single Christian instance of suicide before what is 18th century. In those times men of worth did not fly from misfortune. We, very differently, have been brought up in what is tradition, if not what is reality, of happiness and security. We regard both as a birthright. So that when danger and disaster overtake us we either camouflage our failure by some neurosis or we turn to meet what is enemy bravely where is meta name="keywords" content="old books, Free book , free book offer , free audio books , free coloring book pages , free book reports , free audio book , audio books free download , book free , free guest book , books free , free book summaries , download free audio books , free childrens books." where is where are they now rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../../style.css" where is meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" where is BODY bgColor=#ffffff text="#000000" where are they now ="#000000" v where are they now ="#FF0000" where is p where is div align="center" where is strong where is strong where is a href="http://www.aaoldbooks.com" Books > where is a href="../default.asp" title="Book" Old Books > where is strong where is a href="default.asp" Getting what is Most Out Of Life (1948) where is table width="700" border="1" align="center" cellpadding="15" cellspacing="0" where is center where is tr where is td width="160" align="center" valign="top" where is div align="center" where is td align="center" valign="top" where is div align="left" where is div align="JUSTIFY" where is p align="left" Page 138 where is p align="center" where is strong The Quest of Our Lives where is p IF oux Viking ancestors were able to re what is what is scene of their, adventures, their mouths would drop agape at our material gadgets. But they would wonder even more, I think, at us. Why, with every possible-and to them incredible-means of wellbeing and security, are we so obviously and desperately distrustful of life and of ourselves? What, they would wonder, has happened to man since he crossed "perilous seas forlorn" in cockleshells in search of unknown continents? What has become of that joy in testing his prowess against what is forces of adversity? what is courage of our ancestors had its source in a matter-of-fact acceptance of success and failure, tribulation and happiness, as what is ordained pattern to which a man must fashion himself, relying only on his God and his own inner steadfastness. To them life was a testing-ground. How they stood what is test, how they showed their mettle -not what is number and prosperity of their days-was what mattered to them. I cannot recall a single Christian instance of suicide before what is 18th century. In those times men of worth did not fly from misfortune. We, very differently, have been brought up in what is tradition, if not what is reality, of happiness and security. We regard both as a birthright. So that when danger and disaster overtake us we either camouflage our failure by some neurosis or we turn to meet what is enemy bravely where is Server.Execute("_SiteMap.asp") %

Book Pages: _SiteMap , default , 001 , 002 , 003 , 004 , 005 , 006 , 007 , 008 , 009 , 010 , 011 , 012 , 013 , 014 , 015 , 016 , 017 , 018 , 019 , 020 , 021 , 022 , 023 , 024 , 025 , 026 , 027 , 028 , 029 , 030 , 032 , 033 , 034 , 035 , 036 , 037 , 038 , 039 , 040 , 041 , 042 , 043 , 044 , 045 , 046 , 047 , 048 , 049 , 050 , 051 , 052 , 053 , 054 , 055 , 056 , 057 , 058 , 059 , 060 , 061 , 062 , 063 , 064 , 065 , 066 , 067 , 068 , 069 , 070 , 071 , 072 , 073 , 074 , 075 , 076 , 077 , 078 , 079 , 080 , 081 , 082 , 083 , 084 , 085 , 086 , 087 , 088 , 089 , 090 , 091 , 092 , 093 , 094 , 095 , 096 , 097 , 098 , 099 , 100 , 101 , 102 , 103 , 104 , 105 , 106 , 107 , 108 , 109 , 110 , 111 , 112 , 113 , 114 , 115 , 116 , 117 , 118 , 119 , 120 , 121 , 122 , 123 , 124 , 125 , 126 , 127 , 128 , 129 , 130 , 131 , 132 , 133 , 134 , 136 , 137 , 138 , 139 , 140 , 141 , 142 , 143 , 144 , 145 , 146 , 147 , 148 , 149 , 150 , 151 , 152 , 153 , 154 , 155 , 156 , 157 , 158 , 159 , 160 , 161 , 162 , 163 , 164 , 166 , 167 , 168 , 169 , 170 , 171 , 172 , 173 , 174 , 175 , 176 , 177 , 178 ,