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I have full faith in people. I think that we have the ability to change. We’re habitual creatures. Once we figure out that bad habit and identify it, whether it’s behavioral or whatever it may be, we change our habits. Obviously, I’m simplifying it and making it sound very easy to do, and we all know it’s very difficult, but it’s doable.
Failure means that you would not, or could not, pay for success. Success is a matter of sale. It can (most often) be bought by a large outlay–of hard forethought–of pains–of steadiness–of the golden wisdom coined from experience. But the figure is too high for most of us. We are too poor, or too slothful, to bring the price.
The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the center of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man’s carnal truth is handled as something artificial.
We are not entirely sure of the meaning of all of the symbolic stones and their placement. Neither Joseph Smith nor Brigham Young said too much about these. Brigham Young said, Figures (symbols) are reduced to reality, and realities are exhibited by figures, and those who have the Spirit and understand, derive great comfort and consolation from that source.
Scientists are used to debating with one another about the finer points of new research. But increasingly, they find themselves battling their televisions and computer screens, which transmit ever-more-heated rhetoric from politicians, pundits, and other public figures who misinterpret, misrepresent, and malign scientific results.