To everything there is a season, a time when life is simple, a time when life is hard. But even simplicity imposes the hardship of a vacuum. But what does simplicity really mean? The feeling of security in our material resources, whether many or few, the freedom to do nothing or pursue cheap entertainment or to achieve greater or lesser artistic and social feats. Each one must endeavor to measure his own talents in proportion to his resources, both real and potential on both accounts, and set about the business of life accordingly, not only without complaint, but with a cheerful attitude.

Nonetheless, this formula is often difficult to measure, the variables may be constantly changing, especially in a dynamic social context. Perhaps the pre-industrialized, agricultural world was simpler: there were lords and peasants; from time to time the lords warred among themselves over control of land and trade routes, in a word, resources, while the peasants seldom revolted.

Perhaps we of today face greater challenges to our faith, the equalizer in the formula of life; we are less secure in our knowledge of our real and potential resources and talents, we are less secure in our knowledge of who we are and where we are going, yet, in an industrialized society, each one has more real and potential resources to do nothing, pursue cheap entertainment, or achieve greater or lesser artistic and social feats. Perhaps we need more faith than ever now.

One thing that has not changed is our freedom to choose to waltz in the ways of faith. This is still the most important resource and talent, and should be the focus of our best efforts.

The faithless man is like a creaky ship on windy seas with a broken rudder and no anchor, while the faithful man calms the winds and walks on water.

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