"Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."

Those are words by Albert Einstein. Listen to them again. Let them roll around in

you mind as you associate them to the various kinds of difficulties, problems and

failures that you see in your life, in the family you are a part of, in this country, in

the world. Here they are: "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of

thinking that created them."

I'll give you an example from my own life. I have mentioned to you how grateful

I am to have had the religious background I have had. Indeed, we spent an entire

class session on this: When we open our eyes to our true situation, gratitude is

the first response we have. We are so fortunate. I was - and am - fortunate to

have the personal background I have had. I am confident I would not be standing

here talking to you today like this if my parents had not required me to go to a

Sunday night program in our church called "Training Union."

Yet, at the same time, growing up in the family I did and the religious

environment my parents exposed me to carried certain liabilities. I came to see

God as a Being to be feared. I lived with a great deal of guilt and dread. At twelve

or thirteen I wondered what the "unforgivable sin" was and if I had committed it.

At that age I read religious books that I thought might help me have what I called

then "peace of mind."

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