From time to time, ask yourself whether you are justified in thinking that you are on the right track. Are your thoughts, feelings and actions above reproach? What proof do you have that you are so wonderful? Is your intellect lucid and unclouded? Is your heart full of love for the Creator and all creatures? Is your will so strong that no one can stop you from attaining your ideal? If you are honest with yourself, you will have to admit that your intellect does not understand much of anything, that your heart is torn by conflicting passions, and that your will is pulled in all directions.
So, how can you believe that you are on the right track? There are criteria by which to judge this, but who wants to know about them?
A man may have made a mess of his life; he may be miserable, sick, embittered, without friends or money, but that does not matter – his philosophy of life is faultless! Who says so? He himself, of course. Well, it is not for him to pass judgment but for the circumstances and events of his life to do so.
Those who find themselves perpetually in the grip of insoluble problems should conclude that their philosophy is at fault, and that they would do well to change it.