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Why is it that so many people who have lived a long life have no living wisdom in themselves which they could transmit to the younger generations?

The elders of this time have seen the Second World War and this experience has contributed to the belief that they can no more see the religious strength preserved by God. Even if one speaks of God, it is difficult for these people to nevertheless see God as the omnipotent strength. Money and material things soon became more important, because they could only have confidence in what could be seen with their eyes and felt with their own body. Besides this, self-confidence has also been lost.    Because these people, who have lived in such difficult times, had to worry about survival they had no opportunity to strengthen the depth of their mind. Thus a certain internal restlessness and melancholy has always remained. To understand this, which is happening in front of our eyes, we can attentively ensure that we do not commit the same mistake and see how necessary it is that we take responsibility for the deepening of our mind.

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