“We had given up on him,” said the mother of Fortune, a young man who returned from his self-imposed banishment in the nearby mountains. “He was so depressed. He spent all of his time up there in the mountains. Nothing could snap him out of his depression until now. He is a new person.” In an exclusive interview, Fortune attributed his transformation to meeting an “astounding man” in the mountains. “He came up to me and asked me for directions,” Fortune explained. “After I helped him, he began to speak to me as no one has ever spoken before. And his eyes looked upon me with such love and respect as I have never known. I will never forget his eyes.”
When pressed for details, Fortune explained the philosophy of the stranger. “There is an inner spirit within each person, that, when released from the bonds of human fear, will inspire one to higher service,” Fortune said. “This spirit calms the mind and helps it achieve self-control. The released power of God also supplies the energy necessary to do great things. But one must go to where these great things need to be done; we must not hide from life. There is a better way, a way of self-forgetfulness and assertive, loving service to humankind. This philosophy freed me from the prison of self-pity,” stated Fortune. The stranger could not be located, but some attributed the philosophy of loving service to a visiting Jewish scribe who has spoken to many citizens here. The scribe has apparently left Crete.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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